Queensland is braced for a day of extreme temperatures and
fire danger with the mercury expected to soar to around 40C
and beyond in many parts of the state.
Brisbane is expecting a top temperature of 39C today, Ipswich
41C, the Gold Coast 35C, and the Sunshine Coast 38C.
Vast parts of inland Queensland are expected to see maximum
temperatures in excess of 40C, including 43C in the town of
About three-quarters of the state are expecting high to
extreme fire danger, and fire authorities have already
relocated crews and fire fighting aircraft to deal with any
Peter Varley, from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service,
says the combination of high temperatures and low humidity
are a real concern.
"Under these conditions, if we get a fire started in
certainly would be very difficult to control," he told ABC
Health authorities have urged Queenslanders to check on
elderly friends and neighbours at least twice a day, and to
ensure children receive plenty of fluids.
"It's particularly important to look after the young and old,
who are most vulnerable to heatstroke," Australian Medical
Association Queensland president Alex Markwell says.
"The number one priority is to stay hydrated."
Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said above average
temperatures are already being experienced across the state.
He reminded parents to never, ever leave their children alone
"In two minutes, temperatures can hit up to 60 degrees inside
a car," he said.
"In a hot car, children can die in less than 30 minutes."
Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Russell Bowles says
crews are prepared for cases of heat stress.
"Were asking people to heed the advice and take precautions
during periods of hot weather. Heat-related illnesses are
serious and can be life threatening," he said.