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Heatwave to hit Queensland with temperatures tipped to reach up to 46C

Rachel Mealey, Saturday February 10, 2018 - 12:16 EDT
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The Queensland Ambulance Service advises people to stay out of the heat and keep hydrated. - ABC

It is hot and getting hotter in Queensland.

In some parts of the state, .

The Bureau of Meteorology said the heat was set to linger over the central, west and northern parts of the state.

Forecaster James Thompson said it was unusual — even for February.

"This is a significant heatwave for Queensland. Some places will see these conditions last for up to a week," he said.

He said some parts of the state might experience the highest temperatures on record.

In Windorah, in the state's south-west, 46C is forecast for Monday.

Temperatures in Longreach are expected to reach 45C on Monday and Tuesday, well in excess of 40C west of the divide.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has advised people to stay out of the heat in the middle of the day and rest up.

Clinical director Tony Hucker said sometimes Queenslanders carried on life as usual in hot weather because it felt normal.

"We're in Queensland, so it's warm all the time," he said.

"But we need to be careful when it spikes, and that's the real challenge for us because we just don't expect it.

"The real challenge with heat-related illness is that it sneaks up on you.

"You just don't know it's coming because you think you're OK and think, 'Oh, look I'm just a bit tired worn out' and if you let it go you can dehydrate and get very sick and in the worst scenario it can be fatal."

But Queenslanders said they intended to take the advice and stay indoors.

Judith Munday from the inner-Brisbane suburb of New Farm works for the RSL — she said she would advise the veterans to stay in the cool.

"I love the hot weather. Not an issue for me — too busy volunteering," she said.

"I have an air-conditioned car, and I'll look after some veterans and encourage them to stay in the cool."

Ben Cross, who works behind the bar at the Western Star Hotel in Windorah, said that on a very dry day the town could feel like an oven.

"I suppose the way to describe it is you feel it burning into you more," he said.

"In the sun you really feel like someone's pushing something hot against your skin and you definitely feel it if you're doing work outside."

He says keeping the beer cold and himself cool is a priority in the days ahead.

"It's likely I'll be in the pub restocking the fridges. I'll be trying to spend as much time restocking the fridges as possible."


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