Air-conditioners and fans are expected to get a good workout today, with Gold Coasters set to swelter through heatwave weather conditions.
The mercury is tipped to soar to 37 degrees in Coomera on Thursday, with a high of 35C forecast for Nerang, and 32C for Surfers Paradise and Robina.
The weather has prompted authorities to escalate the fire danger rating for the South East Coast from HIGH to SEVERE today.
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According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the fire danger rating is expected to remain at severe for the next three days, before it’s downgraded back to high on Sunday.
The scorching hot temperatures are expected to stick around over the weekend, with local beaches and pools likely to be packed.
A high of 34 degrees is predicted for the Gold Coast tomorrow, with a hot 35C on Saturday and 28C on Sunday.
There’s also the chance of a possible Summer thunderstorm on the northern Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
With the hot weather likely to stick around, paramedics are urging Gold Coasters to put safety first.
“It’s a timely reminder for everyone to be aware of heat-related illness and heat safety, particularly with the festive season upon us,” Advanced Care Paramedic Ian Pyper told myGC.
“During these hotter months, particularly around Christmas, it’s more likely that people will be attending outdoor events like BBQs and other functions, so it’s important to be conscious of your alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water.
“This also goes for drinks containing sugar and caffeine, which can largely contribute to dehydration.”
Mr Pyper said Gold Coasters should try and drink lots of water throughout the day, and to not just wait until you’re thirsty.
“This is particularly important for children and the elderly,” he said. “Check on any neighbours and make sure they’re doing okay in these hotter times.”
He said leaving children in the car is also a definite no-no.
“If you have children in the car there’s never a safe amount of time to leave them unattended, even for a few minutes.
“Temperatures can soar to dangerously high levels very quickly.”
Mr Pyper said the primary goal is to reduce heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke.
“Symptoms of heat stroke can include anything from dizzyness, disorientation and confusion to seizures and loss of consciousness,” he said.
“If you suspect someone is suffering a heat related illness, try and cool them with ice packs and fans and move them into air conditioning if possible… also loosen or remove any heavy clothing.”