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Qld heatwave to break more September records

Thursday September 26, 2013 - 14:32 EST
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Crowds are building at beaches and pools across Queensland as a record-breaking September heatwave continues. - ABC

There has been no let-up in the spring heatwave gripping parts of Queensland with long-standing September records breaking on consecutive days.

More than 10 record temperatures were set yesterday in areas including the southern inland, and residents had been warned to expect more of the same today.

Charleville yesterday had its hottest day since records began 85 years ago - hitting 39 degrees.

Blackall (39.8) and Isisford (40.6) were among other centres to encounter record September heat.

Murweh Shire Mayor Dennis Cook says the heat and dry weather is bad news for farmers battling drought conditions.

"We've gone from one big cycle of flooding to dry, and it doesn't look like rain here at all," he said.

Local resident Lenny Gaulton says the past three days have been sweltering.

"It just makes everything dry. The roos come to town - it's a bit annoying, ticks in the grass."

Fire warnings

Fire weather warnings are current for more than a dozen districts.

Crews battled scores of grass and bushfires yesterday in the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and central west near the Carnarvon National Park.

About 18 bush and grassfires are still burning - mainly in the Bundaberg and central regions - but no property is currently under threat.

A large bushfire north of Tambo has now burnt more than 150,000 hectares.

Beach relief

The heatwave, coupled with good surf conditions, was expected to draw big crowds to the state's beaches.

Aaron Purchase from Surf Life Saving Queensland said people should avoid the temptation to swim at remote or unpatrolled beaches.

"The most important thing for everyone heading down is to make sure they swim between those red and yellow flag and to take care with everyone on the beach," Mr Purchase said.

"When there are more people around it is more likely that we'll have an incident - but if everyone swims between the flags and keeps an eye on each other - we should all be able to enjoy the beach safely."

Blooming hot

Toowoomba on the Darling Downs was expecting a record 34 degrees as the city hosted its annual Carnival of Flowers, with thousands of visitors in the city to see floral displays in public and private gardens.

Councillor Geoff McDonald says the flowers should be able to stand up to the heat.

"Some of our gardeners actually displayed gardens through 10 years of drought," he said.

"This sort of weather is probably not something we're accustomed to this time of year but I think we can work around it."


- ABC

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