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Temperatures on the rise with severe heatwave conditions for Queensland


Severe heatwave conditions will affect much of southern and central Queensland today, and are forecast to continue into early next week with temperatures up to 10 degrees above the December average.

Temperatures are expected to peak in inland areas toward the end of the week, with widespread temperatures in the low 40s and gusty winds contributing to elevated fire danger across Queensland.

Hot conditions, combine with gusty winds, will drive high fire dangers – particularly in inland areas. Stay tuned for specific Fire Weather Warnings in the days ahead.

Storms are also forecast to affect much of the state, and some of these may be severe.

The public are urged to check the Bureau of Meteorology website for the latest forecasts and warnings, and follow us on Twitter @BOM_Qld.

When temperatures are unusually hot over a period of time, with continuously high night-time and day-time temperatures, heat stress becomes a critical factor in human survival and infrastructure resilience. Further information on the Bureau’s Heatwave Service for Australia can also be found on our website:

Hot weather can affect anybody, may make existing medical conditions worse and can cause heat-related illness. In some cases heat effects may be fatal. Heatwaves may also affect community infrastructure such as power supply and other support services.

Find out who is at risk and how you can prepare for and cope during a heat event and what to do for heat-related illnesses by checking the Queensland Health website: