THE mercury is set to reach the mid 30s this week and residents are being urged to be vigilant in the warm weather and keep and eye on children and the elderly.
In Redland Bay temperatures this week are forecast for maximum temperatures of 27C to 32C, with a high of 31C forecast today.
Temperatures will reach 35C in Beaudesert today, and range from 32C to 34C for the rest of the week.
In Jimboomba the mercury will reach 34C today and will range from highs of 32C to 34C this week.
Acting health minister Shannon Fentiman said heatwave conditions in southern states was a reminder for Queenslanders to stay safe in warm weather.
“The elderly, babies and young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women and those who suffer pre-existing medical conditions or who take certain medications are most at-risk of heat-related illness,” she said.
“Physically active people, including those working outdoors and exposed to the elements, should also be aware of the signs and symptoms of illness.”
Queensland Ambulance Service clinical director Tony Hucker said heat-related illnesses had potential to be life-threatening.
“Symptoms may vary from patient to patient but a person suffering from heat exhaustion may present with muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting,” Mr Hucker said.
“Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness that presents with symptoms similar to heat exhaustion but which may also include an extremely high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin, but possible some clamminess; a rapid pulse; headache and confusion.”
Mr Hucker said people should seek medical attention if they suspected they or someone else was suffering a heat-related illness or phone 000 if it is a life-threatening situation.
“Lay the person down in a cool spot, remove as much clothing as possible and give them water to drink if they can swallow,” he said.
“You can also cool the person down by covering them with a wet sheet or by putting them in a cool shower or bath.
“If they become unconscious, place them on their side and follow the Emergency Medical Dispatcher’s instructions as they provide vital first aid advice until paramedics arrive.”