Region braces for severe heatwave

Residents will be looking for any way to cool off next week as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s. Photo: file
Residents will be looking for any way to cool off next week as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s. Photo: file

Temperatures are forecast to catapult to 'severe heatwave' levels over the coming days and residents are urged to prepare.

Forecasts indicate temperatures of up to 46 degrees Celcius could impact the region on Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the mercury will rise into the high 30s from today before hitting 40-plus degrees on Sunday and well into next week.

Friday is forecast to reach a top of 39 but the temperature only climbs from there. Sunday is expected to get to 43 degrees, while Monday will hit a top of 46.

The scorching heat will continue into Tuesday and Wednesday with a forecast of 45 degrees.

Nights will also be reasonably warm ranging from a predicted low of 19 to 26 during the next six days.

The heatwave is expected to be felt across the country, with temperatures up to 10 to 16 degrees above the average.

Hot winds will move across the state from inland Australia, with the worst of it hitting the central parts and the north-east. Winds of up to 25 and 30km are predicted for Goondiwindi.

To keep cool and safe, it is recommended residents:

  • Keep well hydrated with extra water on-hand at all times.
  • Check-in on elderly neighbours.
  • Take extra water supplies when travelling, and inform friends and relatives of your anticipated arrival times in case of a breakdown.
  • Stay in the shade where possible.
  • Ensure pets and livestock are well hydrated and have access to multiple water sources.
  • Do not leave children or animals in vehicles.
  • Take care when swimming in local waterways.
  • Use sun safety measures including sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat.

Our oldest and youngest residents are most at risk when a heatwave hits, so everyone is encourage to check on family, friends and neighbours to ensure they are well.

Heat-related illness can become very serious if not managed quickly, and in some cases can be fatal; in a medical emergency, always call 000.

For more information on preparing for a heatwave, visit: www.getready.qld.gov.au

Most of Aus will be looking for ways to cool down during a pre-summer blast of heat at the weekend.

Most of Aus will be looking for ways to cool down during a pre-summer blast of heat at the weekend.

The extreme heat and windy conditions will also bring a severe fire danger at the weekend particularly in the Northern Rivers region and north-west of the Great Dividing Range.

"It is going to be quite a volatile situation," meteorologist Helen Reid said.

"There's a great chance of grass fires in some areas as recent rain and warm weather have led to vigorous vegetation growth," BOM head of operational climate services, Dr Andrew Watkins, said. "South eastern Australia is one of the most fire-prone regions in the world. Even short periods of hot and dry weather increase the risk of fire in summer," he said.

Despite, the scorching temps, the BOM is still predicting a wetter than normal summer.

"While the last three weeks have been dry in many parts of the country - due in part to unfavourable tropical weather patterns - it does not signal a weakening of La Nina, Dr Watkins said.

"Our climate outlook is the opposite of what we experienced last year in Australia. This summer, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are expected to see above average rainfall, meaning we face an increased risk of widespread floods."