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Sunday could be the hottest day of the year

Isabel Corke, 4, cools off in the timeless way under the sprinkler at her home in Granville.
Isabel Corke, 4, cools off in the timeless way under the sprinkler at her home in Granville. Robyne Cuerel

TEMPERATURES will hit the mid-30s this weekend, as spring weather turns scorching.

Weatherzone senior meteorologist Max Gonzalez said Sunday could potentially be the hottest day this year, at a predicted 34 degrees, when a trough from the south brings hot northerly winds.

"Back in February the Fraser Coast experienced a hot day when it peaked at 33 degrees but (Saturday's) weather could break the record," he said.

Mr Gonzalez said Fraser Coast residents will see temperatures in the low 30s but won't have it as bad as those in the western parts where the temperature is set to soar above 40.

"Due to the action of the sea breeze especially along the coastal line of the Fraser Coast, the heat will be kept at bay," he said.

"We'll be expecting a cool relief with southerly winds pushing through Monday bringing with it some showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday."

Mr Gonzalez said the rain will continue until the end of the week.

Rural Fire Service Queensland's assistant commissioner Neil Gallant urged Queenslanders to be vigilant and said this was some of the hottest weather and highest fire danger Queensland has experienced this season.

Queensland Health chief health officer Jeannette Young said each year about 400 Queenslanders were treated for heat-related illness, with more than 60% of cases occurring in the hottest months.

Prevent heat stroke

  • Drink plenty of fluids - cool water is best
  • Urine colour is a good guide to hydration - colour should be clear to light straw
  • Stay indoors - preferably in an air-conditioned building
  • Keep cool - Take cool showers or wet a bandana and wrap around the neck
  • Limit strenuous outdoor activities

Topics:  bureau of meteorology, heat stroke, heat wave, hot, temperatures



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