Authorities say the north Queensland region is facing a serious bushfire threat in the coming days, with temperatures forecast to rise into the high-30 degrees Celsius by Sunday.
The Mackay and Townsville regions will see above average temperatures at least for the next week.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) spokesman Gavin Fryar says a dry northerly wind will heighten the fire danger.
Mr Fryar says rural crews will be watching conditions closely in the coming days.
"With that we'll get lower relative humidity, so the fires will get going easier and they will be very much harder to stop," he said.
"With the heavy fuel loads we have in all areas and the continuous fuel beds, it will mean firefighters will really have their work cut out to stop any blaze that gets going."
He says some regions will see temperatures up to seven degrees above the average.
"The fire danger - it's moving into the severe end of things so we're really asking people to take care with camp fires, just anything they do to make sure they don't start fires," he said.
Weather bureau forecaster Mario Torrisi says it is not the first time temperatures have risen recently but people can expect the warm conditions to stay around for some time.
"We've already seen similar temperatures during the last four weeks or so over inland areas, so it's not the first time they're getting to temperatures of this degree," he said.
"It probably will be for a more prolonged period this time round, not too unusual to get a run of hotter temperatures at this time of year.
"It doesn't occur every year but it does occur on occasion.
"Out in the coalfields and the Central Highlands, we'll be looking at temperatures getting to around five degrees above the September average tomorrow and then on the weekend and into the early part of next week five to seven degrees above average.
"Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek area, they can look forward to maximum temperatures in the high 30s around 38-39 degrees [Celsius]."
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