Temperatures are forecast to peak in inland areas towards the end of the week with widespread temperatures in the low 40s, and gusty winds contributing to elevated fire danger across Queensland.
Severe to extreme conditions are forecast for much of southern and central Queensland from Thursday, and forecast to continue into early next week with temperatures up to 10 degrees above the December average.
Hot conditions will combine with gusty winds, driving high fire dangers â€“ particularly in inland areas. Stay tuned for specific Fire Weather Warnings in the days ahead.
Storms are also forecast to affect much of the state â€“ particularly in the northern and eastern districts, and some of these storms may be severe.
The public are urged to check the Bureau of Meteorology website for the latest forecasts and warnings, and follow us on Twitter @BOM_Qld.
When temperatures are unusually hot over a period of time, with continuously high night-time and day-time temperatures, heat stress becomes a critical factor in human survival and infrastructure resilience. Further information on the Bureauâ€™s Heatwave Service for Australia can also be found on our website: www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave
Issued: Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Hot weather can affect anybody, may make existing medical conditions worse and can cause heat-related illness. In some cases heat effects may be fatal. Heatwaves may also affect community infrastructure such as power supply and other support services.
Find out who is at risk and how you can prepare for and cope during a heat event and stay healthy in the heat by checking the Queensland Health website: