Friends Ashley Roberts, Matthew Roberts, Billie-Jo MacKenzie and Georgina Tully escape the heat at the South Rockhampton swimming pool.
Friends Ashley Roberts, Matthew Roberts, Billie-Jo MacKenzie and Georgina Tully escape the heat at the South Rockhampton swimming pool. Chris Ison

The big 4-0. It's going to be a stinker

IT'S not really a heat wave ... just stinking hot weather for Central Queensland.

The mercury is expected to boil to 36C in Rockhampton today, the hottest day this month.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology office in Rockhampton says it will be a hot day in Emerald where the temperature is forecasted to reach 40C.

It will be sweltering in Clermont, also west of Rockhampton, at 39C and a stinker in Longreach with 41C.

At 11am, Rockhampton thermometers were reading 31C.

The local bureau spokesman said it wasn't "uncomfortable" heat but it was expected to stick around until the weekend.

Read more: Heat wave hits Queensland

Queensland Ambulance Service is warning Central Queenslanders to keep cool today to avoid heat-related illnesses.

QAS Assistant Commissioner for Central Region Christopher Broomfield said there was typically an increase in demand for ambulance services during prolonged periods of hot weather.

“The very young and elderly are most at risk however anyone can be affected which is why it is vital to take the necessary precautions,” Mr Broomfield said.

“If you do notice any signs of heat exhaustion, make sure you seek medical treatment immediately. Symptoms to look out for include flushed or pale skin, cramps, nausea, headache, dizziness, disorientation and, in extreme cases, people can lose consciousness and may collapse.”

Mr Broomfield said people who planned on exercising during extreme heat were also at risk of developing serious complications such as heat stroke as the body works overtime to maintain a normal temperature during exercise

“Simple measures like ensuring that you have adequate fluid replacement, avoiding drinks that dehydrate, wearing clothes that minimise heat storage and limiting exercise to the early morning or late evening can decrease the risk,” he said.

What's your top tip to avoid the heat? Leave a comment below...

Meanwhile, here are some "hot" tips to keep cool...

  • Drink several glasses of water a day, more if you are working outdoors or exercising
  • Avoid alcohol and excessive amounts of coffee. Both will dehydrate you
  • Wear light, loose clothing
  • Stay in the shade if outdoors and wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when it is at its strongest
  • If you are on medication that has to be taken with food, continue taking it and eat light meals regularly
  • Make use of fans and air conditioners
  • Keep an eye on children and elderly relatives and neighbours as they are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

A full weather forecast: Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gracemere, Parkhurst, Great Keppel Island.



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