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Very high fire danger for southeast Qld

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Wild weather is set to descend on southeast Queensland this week, triggering everything from fire and marine warnings to above average temperatures and frost.

Gusty westerly winds of up to 50km/h will wreak havoc on the region from Wednesday.

That, coupled with temperatures in the high 20s, will make it near perfect conditions for bushfires.

A very high fire danger will remain in place until Thursday across the southeast and Wide Bay and Burnett regions.

The warning comes just under a year after bushfires raged across the state and destroyed 10 homes at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shane Kennedy said the dangerous conditions were caused by a trough in the southwest of the state that was moving towards the coast.

“It will be 27 to 28 degrees around the Brisbane area on Wednesday,” he said.

“But it is the wind that will be the main factor pushing the fire danger into very high.”

Meanwhile, a major cold outbreak with possible hail and snow is expected to hit Melbourne and Sydney.

The Bureau has also issued a marine warning for waters along Fraser Island, the sunshine and gold coasts.

“It will be a definite hazard out on the water,” Mr Kennedy said, adding people with small boats should stay ashore until conditions eased at the weekend.

The hot temperatures are expected to ease on Friday, before plummeting into a winter chill.

RELATED: Shocking before and after images of Australian towns utterly destroyed by bushfires.

The mercury will reach just 11 degrees in the granite belt town of Stanthorpe on Saturday.

They will then shiver through an overnight low of -2C on Sunday and -3 on Monday.

Brisbane is expected to reach just 20 degrees on Sunday, with a minimum of 9C.

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