Severe heatwave to strike south-east Queensland

HOT AIR: Severe to extreme heatwave conditions are forecast to develop over central and southeastern Queensland. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology
HOT AIR: Severe to extreme heatwave conditions are forecast to develop over central and southeastern Queensland. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

PARAMEDICS are urging people to stay indoors to avoid sunstroke from tomorrow.

The warning comes as a severe heatwave builds ups across south-east Queensland.

Temperatures in the Redlands are tipped to reach the low-30s until late next week, with overnight lows to hover below the mid-20s.

Queensland Ambulance Service director of operations David Hartley said people needed to avoid going outside between 10am and 3pm, when the sun was at its hottest.

He said paramedics were likely to be inundated with heat-related illness calls, many of them preventable.

“Stay indoors and out of the heat to protect (yourself) from heat illness,” he said.

“Heatstroke...can lead to unconsciousness and other serious side affects.”

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Harry Clark said the heatwave would last until next Friday.

“It is a very stagnant air mass across south-east Queensland but with no other weather pattern to drive it out,” he said.​

Other tips to keep cool

- Wearing lightweight, loose and natural fibre clothing

- Avoid strenuous activities

- Keep hydrated

- Avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks

- Wear a hat and sunscreen in the sun

- Keeping your home cool with curtains, shutters or awnings

- Monitoring animals and pets for heat stress

- Never leaving children or pets in parked vehicles

- Get medical advice for heatstroke