SCORCHER: above-average temperatures are forecast for the Warrego and Maranoa in the coming days, with conditions prompting a fire ban.
SCORCHER: above-average temperatures are forecast for the Warrego and Maranoa in the coming days, with conditions prompting a fire ban. Contributed

Serious heat looms

EXTREME weather has been affecting most of the state this week, and a reprieve is unlikely over the next few days.

Fires, dust and storms have all been wreaking havoc across Queensland, and next up is a heatwave, with temperatures in the southwest billed to be in the 40s until early next week.

This extreme comes off the back of Wednesday's dust storm and dangerous fire conditions, said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Harry Clark.

"The weekend and early next week are likely to be really hot again,” he said.

"Temperatures are expected to get up in to the 40s in most places [around the Warrego and Maranoa].”

In response to forecast conditions, Queensland Health has activated the State-wide Heatwave Response Plan, which is only done when three or more days of exceedingly high temperatures are occurring in locations across the state.

Acting chief health officer Dr Sonya Bennett has urged people to take precautions.

"Anybody can be at risk of heat-related illness,” Dr Bennett said.

"Be alert to the symptoms and drink plenty of fluids, preferably cool water, through the day.”

A fire ban has also been put in place for the Maranoa local government area, and it will be in place until Friday November 30 at 11.55pm.

Any and all previously issued permits to light fires are cancelled under this ban.


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