Gold Coasters may want to keep themselves close to the air conditioning over the next couple of days, with temperatures set to soar across much of eastern Australia.
The mercury is tipped to reach 32 degrees today but will reach a sizzling 34 degrees on Saturday.
The south east got a taste of what’s to come yesterday, with temperatures reaching 32.8C at the Gold Coast Seaway, 28C at Coolangatta and 35.6C at Beaudesert.
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According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it will be a beautiful sunny day today with light winds becoming northerly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning then tending northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.
The sunshine is tipped to stick around across Saturday, although there is a very slight chance of a shower in the south in the evening. Winds will be northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending northwest to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late afternoon then tending south to southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h in the evening.
Tony Hucker from the Queensland Ambulance Service is reminding locals to keep an eye out for the most vulnerable members of the community while it’s warm, especially young children and the elderly. He says if you’re worried they are suffering from heat-related stress, the best thing to do is to call triple-0.
“If you’re worried, absolutely call triple-0 and get an ambulance on its way. But what you can do immediately is get them out of the hot environment as quick as you can into a nice, cool room.” Mr Hucker said. “If they seem really really hot and distressed if they can take oral fluids that’s fantastic, get them sipping small amounts but keep them drinking.”
Much of eastern Australia will be sweltering today, with temperatures predicted to hit the early 40’s across most of New South Wales. As a result, a total fire ban has been extended in NSW from the Riverina region to the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges.