Severe fire warning as Gold Coast gets set to swelter through scorching temps

Air conditioners and fans will be in full force today, with Gold Coasters set to swelter through scorching hot temperatures.

The mercury is tipped to soar to 39 degrees in Coomera on Monday, with a high of 38C forecast for Nerang and 34C for the rest of the city.

A severe fire weather warning has been issued for the South East, while an Extreme fire weather warning is in place for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.


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“Dry air, hot temperatures and fresh southwesterly winds will combine to produce Extreme fire dangers through the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, and Severe fire dangers through the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts on Monday,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.

A strong and gusty southeasterly wind change is expected to move through southeast Queensland during Monday afternoon however, dropping temperatures.

The weather Bureau’s Kimba Wong says the south easterly change is expected to start pushing through the coast early this afternoon.

“That wind change will bring some slightly cooler air and a little bit of humidity as well. So with those slightly cooler and more humid conditions, things will cool down through the afternoon just a touch,” Ms Wong told myGC.

“What we have at the moment is a ridge of high pressure that’s building across the continent and it’s sort of turning the interior of the country into an oven so that air is just heating up and its not being pushed away by anything cooler and there’s nothing to refresh the air mass over the country.

“That air mass is sort of stewing and coming down all the way into southeast Queensland.”

Ms Wong said Gold Coasters could also expect to see quite a bit of smoke over the city today, due to the southerly change moving through.

“With these southerly changes coming up the Coast, just because we do still have quite a few fires burning over the NSW border, just keep in mind that there will be quite a lot of smoke haze today and follow the advice of Queensland Health if you do struggle with the smoke haze.”

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is urging people to take precautions against dehydration and other heat-related conditions.

“Drink plenty of fluids, preferably cool water, regularly throughout the day – don’t wait until you’re thirsty,” she said.

“Stay indoors when possible, preferably in a building with air-conditioning or good air flow, and limit strenuous outdoor activity.

“People should continue to use common sense. If there are extreme temperatures in your region you should reduce the amount of strenuous activity you are undertaking outside.

“Importantly, be very conscious of children and ensure no one is left inside a hot vehicle. On a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car is much hotter than it is outside.

Dr Young said anybody can be at risk of heat-related illness but infants, the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people with some pre-existing medical conditions are particularly
vulnerable.

“Be alert to the symptoms of heat-related illnesses which can range from heat rash, muscle cramps, and heavy sweating, to paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fainting,” she said.

“If you suspect someone may be suffering from heat-related illness, call Triple Zero immediately, lay the person down in a cool spot, remove as much clothing as possible and give the
person water to drink if they are able to swallow.”

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