Hot and sunny Saturday for Queenslanders

FOR many parts of Queensland, today is going to be one of the hottest November days on record. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast today's temperatures to reach:

  • 39 degrees in Ipswich
  • 35 degrees in Toowoomba
  • 38 degrees in Warwick
  • 32 degrees on the Sunshine Coast
  • 35 degrees in Gympie
  • 31 degrees in Bundaberg
  • 29 degrees in Hervey Bay
  • 30 degrees in Gladstone
  • 34 degrees in Rockhampton
  • 30 degrees in Mackay

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Jess Carey said the only reprieve from the high temperature would be a lack of humidity.

And forecasts show today's heatwave is the first of more headed our way.

"There is every chance of up to another three rounds of heat patterns before Christmas," Mr Carey said.

"We know it's a strong El Nino bringing with it hotter temperatures and less rainfall."

Hot dry temperatures are due to a high pressure system moving from inland Australia.

Mr Carey said while early next week would cool off slightly, Queenslanders will feel the heat back in force from Thursday.

How to survive today's heatwave

Tips for the elderly:

  • Plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day.
  • If you cannot avoid strenuous activity like sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for the cooler parts of the day such as early morning.
  • Drink water regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee and sugary or fizzy drinks.
  • Have your air conditioner serviced before summer. 

In case of fire:

  • Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have one, ensure you know what you will do before, during and after the fire.
  • Keep yourself informed of nearby incidents through the RFS website and available news outlets, or phone the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • To report a fire emergency, phone 000.
  • Remember, leaving early is your safest option.

Pets:

  • Make sure pets have plenty of fresh water, kept in a cool place. 
  • Freeze some pet food in a takeaway container to make a delicious ice block and leave it to gradually defrost.
  • If you have air-con, consider bringing outdoor pets inside.
  • Keep your pet's flea treatment up to date.
  • Clip or trim long-haired dogs and cats to help keep them cool.
  • Ensure pets have access to some form of shade. 


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