Gold Coasters set to sweat as temps soar to a near sizzling 40 degrees

GET set to sweat if you’re on the Gold Coast tomorrow, temperatures are tipped to soar to almost 40 degrees.

Today’s easterly onshore winds will tend more northerly tonight, making way for a hot and sunny Thursday.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns it’s going to get hot – really hot – particularly in suburbs away from the beach.


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The mercury is forecast to max out at around 38 degrees in Nerang and 36 degrees in Coomera on Thursday.

It’ll be slightly cooler closer to the Coast, however, with cool ocean temperatures set to keep maximums at around 30 degrees in Surfers Paradise and 29 in Coolangatta.

It will be a similar story on Friday before temps start easing to more comfortable averages over the weekend.

The weather bureau says there’ll be a slight chance of a shower or two on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The mercury will continue to drop from Monday, with top temps of just 23 degrees expected by mid next week.

Pet owners are being urged to keep their furry friends extra cool during the scorching summer-like weather.

The RSPCA is pleading with pet owners to be aware of the dangers of heat stress and is urging residents not to make the fatal mistake of leaving their dog in a car or tied up in the backyard.

Temperatures inside a car can soar to a deadly 57 degrees in just 12 minutes on a 30-degree day.

Hot weather dog

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“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die,” RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said.

“If it’s thirty degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes.

“We tested a light coloured sedan and the temperature rose to 57 degrees in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside would have been dead.”

Mr Beatty also urged people against leaving their dogs tethered to a rope or chain during the hot weather.

“A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal,” he said.

“It’s far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won’t be necessary to tether the dog in the first place.

“We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”

Mr Beatty warned exercising dogs in the middle of the day can also be dangerous at this time of the year.

“They tend to overheat very quickly and once their temperature rises above forty degrees they can die,” he said.

“If a dog is suffering from heat stress it’s imperative to get its temperature down as quickly as possible.

“Hose them down with water and better still place ice packs on their head and stomach.

“It’s no good rushing them to the vet in a hot car because the chances are their temperature will continue to rise. Try to cool them down first.”

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