CQ?s hot summer arrives in force
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND'S scorching summer is set to continue with temperatures remaining in the mid to high 30s for the rest of the week.
Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan said Rockhampton reached its maximum of 38.2 degrees yesterday at 2.22pm, six degrees above average.
He said the above average temperatures were set to continue into the weekend with a possible late shower today and tomorrow afternoon.
Rockhampton Community Health is warning Central Queenslanders that hot weather can lead to heat stress, illness and even death.
Community Health Centre medical officer Dr David Sloan said extended exposure to heat without the appropriate precautions could lead to major health problems.
He said special attention and extra care should be taken with infants, young children and people aged 65 years or older.
Dr Sloan said those who worked in the sun or the heat of the day should also take particular precautions by wearing lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and ensure they drink enough fluids.