You May Want To Reconsider Your Plans For The Next Week!
Summer is out of the blocks in southeast Queensland, with residents bracing for a week-long heatwave.
A predicted top of 32 degrees in Brisbane on Friday is expected to be followed by highs of 34 across the weekend and 35 into next week, all well above the December average.
It gets even warmer for those inland, with Ipswich expected to hit 39 degrees by Monday and Gatton to get to 41 degrees on Saturday.
Inland parts of Queensland will see the worst of the heatwave, which is expected to last until at least Monday, leaving fire authorities on high alert.
Birdsville is expected to hit a scorching 46 degrees, with temperatures to remain well above 40 until Monday. Similar temperatures are expected for many outback towns.
In preparation, Queensland Health has activated a safety plan usually reserved for cyclones and floods. Hospitals have been put on alert for a possible influx of heat-related admissions.
The Queensland Ambulance Service is also worried about the effects on the vulnerable, particularly the young and old in urban areas.
Six people were hospitalised on Thursday due to heat-related illnesses, including an 85-year-old Toowoomba woman and a 10-year-old boy from Rockhampton.
QAS' director of clinical quality and patient safety Tony Hucker said those living in built-up areas were at particular risk during heatwaves and needed to stay hydrated and cool.
"Once the ambient temperature rises, particularly in built-up areas, that's where the heat gets contained," Mr Hucker said.
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said extra crews were on standby.
"We've done a lot of planning to ensure we have the staff there but if we all work together, we can beat the heat this summer."