Scorching temps and total fire ban for Gold Coast and Scenic Rim

Air-conditioners and fans will be kicked into gear over the next couple of days as the Gold Coast suffers through an unseasonal heat wave.

Nerang is expecting a top temperature of 33 today, and 37 tomorrow.

Closer to the coastline, it will be a little cooler, but the mercury is still expected to reach the low-30s.


The hot days are predicted to come to an explosive end as thunderstorms roll across the Hinterland, but we are unlikely to see much rain hit the dry ground.

The hot, dry conditions have prompted the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to impose a total fire ban across the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim areas until midnight Sunday.

Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Logan Council areas are also part of the total fire ban.

In a statement, RFS Regional Manager Alan Gillespie said a forecast of severe fire conditions across South East Queensland had resulted in the ban.

“Under the local fire ban, all open fires are prohibited,” Mr Gillespie said.

“The storm we had in parts of the region on Friday delivered very little rain, if any; and it did not reduce the heightened fire risk.

“We encourage residents in council areas affected by the ban to remain vigilant and call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they see a fire.”

Power tools, including lawn mowers, may be used during the local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.

For more information or to locate your local fire warden visit the Rural Fire Service website.