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Temperatures hit 40 in the region

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Parts of the Queensland have seen temperatures soar above 40 degrees, as a heatwave grips much of the state.

Charters Towers reached 41 degrees, Longreach 42 and Birdsville got up to 44.8 degrees.

The Weather Bureau's Rikus Lombard says the heat was felt in Townsville too.

"Townsville itself, just around two degrees above average," he said.

"The hotter temps are just a little bit inland, but the further north you get, it is kind of around average along the coast."

Townsville will reach a maximum of 32 today, with temperatures expected to reach 37 degrees in other parts of the region.