Record's melt across CQ today. Find out which town hit 45

UPDATE 6PM: PREDICTIONS temperatures would reach the lows 40s in Rockhampton today luckily didn't come true, but six other Central Queensland records were broken today. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology the highest recorded temperature in Rockhampton today was 38 degrees at 4.20pm, a far cry short from the 41 that was predicted. 

While Rockhampton missed its February record of 43.3, Longreach hit 45 degrees, breaking its all time February maximum from 1983.   

Similarly, Moranbah hit a high of 42.6 which was its highest February temp, smashing the 1956 mark of 37.3.    BOM is predicting a high of 36 degrees for Rockhampton tomorrow with a 90% chance of rain. 

New high records for February 

Blackwater 42.7   

Emerald 43.5   

Biloela 42.2  

Longreach 45   

Moranbah 42.6   

Blackall 44.3   

UPDATE 2.10PM: TEMPERATURES in Rockhampton are starting to climb with a three degree increase recorded in half an hour. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the temperature at the Rockhampton Airport was 36.5 degrees and rising at 2pm, up from 33.2 at 1.30pm. 

Yeppoon is also heating up with a temperature of  32.3 degrees and an apparent temp of 37. 

Inland, Biloela and Emerald have reached scorching temps of 37.4 and 41.1 respectively. 

UPDATE 9.40AM: MORNING showers are delaying heat from setting in across the Rockhampton region this morning. 

While the Rockhampton Airport has recorded 0mm of rain today, it has been raining on and off in the CBD since before 6am. 

There's no way of telling how much rain is on the way though as the Bureau of Meteorology's Gladstone radar, which services the Rockhampton area, is offline due to technical difficulties. The service has been offline since midnight and is not expected to be restored until 5.30pm today. 

The temperature at the Rockhampton Airport as at 9.30am is 27.8 degrees. 

UPDATE 6.10AM: HEATWAVE conditions are already starting to set in across the Rockhampton region with very warm overnight temperatures recorded. 

The mercury stayed above 30 degrees until 7.30pm yesterday and didn't drop below 27 degrees until 2.30am. 

As at 6am, the temperature at Rockhampton airport was 26.9 with an apparent 'feels like' temperature of 31.9. 

Some areas, including parts of Gracemere, Allenstown and Depot Hill received rain this morning however no rain was recorded at the Rockhampton Airport. 

INITIAL: WITH temperatures expected to soar into the 40s across Capricornia today, emergency services are warning residents to take appropriate safety measures.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, severe heatwave conditions will extend up the Queensland coast and impact parts of Central Queensland today before easing across the entire state tomorrow.

BoM forecasters have predicted temperatures to reach a maximum of 42 in Rockhampton, more than 10 degrees above average for February, while Yeppoon, Biloela and Emerald are facing maximums of 36, 42 and 36 respectively.

If you are hoping for a reprieve from the heat after sunset, don't sweat on it as BoM is predicting an overnight temperature of 25 degrees in Rockhampton.

The February maximum overnight record of 24 from 2002 was broken on Sunday morning with a maximum of 25.4 recorded. That record could be broken again this week with an overnight minimum of 26 forecast for Rockhampton tomorrow night.

Tomorrow's conditions could also come close to breaking the February daytime maximum record of 43.3 set on February 11, 1969.

With the severe heat comes the risk of increased fire activity in the region - something acting regional manager for Central Region Craig Magick is concerned about.

Mr Magick said fire crews were on high alert with a very high fire danger warning in place for Capricornia.

"Fires that do occur in these conditions spread quite quickly, so it's important that the community dials 000 immediately to ensure the quick response of emergency crews," Mr Magick said.

"Right across the Capricornia region we have received pockets of rain which has increased our fuel load over the season. We're basically monitoring the whole region at the moment.

"Currently there aren't any fire bans but we have cancelled fire permits within the Gladstone and Banana Shires and we are watching the conditions quite closely in the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires.

"In these conditions just make sure if you are using power equipment, you have some sort of fire suppression hose readily available. Those activities, such as slashing, should be minimised during these periods of high fire danger."

The Queensland Ambulance Service are also warning residents to remain vigilant, with a spokesperson for the organisation warning of a heightened risk of heat-related illness.

"Heat-related illness can be life-threatening so it is crucial that as a community we remain vigilant and look out for those who are most vulnerable," the spokesperson said.

"Think of friends, family and neighbours who may benefit from you popping around to check in on them."

Vulnerable people include elderly, babies and young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women; those who suffer pre-existing medical conditions or that take certain medications; physically active people including manual workers that are primarily outdoors and exposed to the weather.



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