UPDATE @ 4.45 PM | An official fire weather warning has now been issued for the Southeast Coast forecast districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning on Thursday afternoon, revealing dangerous fire conditions are on the way.
“Hot, dry, and gusty westerly winds are leading to Severe fire dangers in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district this afternoon, and these conditions are forecast to persist for the next few hours,” the weather bureau said.
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“On Friday hot, dry, and gusty strong west to southwesterly winds are expected to create Extreme fire danger in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Districts.
“Whilst Severe fire danger in the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, and Wide Bay and Burnett Districts.”
The Gold Coast is expected to reach a scorching 34 degrees on Friday, with 27C and 28C expected on Saturday and Sunday.
A total fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast until at least midnight on Saturday.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
EARLIER @ 7.30 AM | The Gold Coast is in for a couple of scorching hot days, with temperatures set to soar into the mid 30s.
Today we’re headed for warm tops of 31 degrees, couple with very dry northerly winds of around 15-20km/h and absolutely no chance of rain.
We’re also being warned of a fire high danger warning today, which is expected to increase to severe tomorrow.
With tops of 34 degrees expected tomorrow, and particularly strong winds, it’s not looking good for local fire fighters in the hinterland.
Livio Regano from the Bureau says we’re in for similar conditions for the next week, though tomorrow will definitely be the worst.
“We’v got a northwest wind coming, could even go westerly at time- it’s got its origin over the desert in central Australia – so extremely dry, and once it gets windy, the fire dangers are going to start rising to at least very high, we might even have a fire weather warning.
“The weekend will be the coolest period, but it will be by no means ‘cool’.
“Surfers Paradise is going for 28 on Saturday and Sunday after getting up to 34 tomorrow.
“Then next week, we’ll be shooting up to 29 again by Wednesday… and the chance of rain in the next seven days is pretty much zero.
“But tomorrow is the worst day from all counts – hot, dry and windy, the most fire prone day and also the least comfortable,” Mr Regano said.
A total fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast until at least midnight at Saturday.