HEATWAVE: What to expect in Ipswich this weekend

WEEKEND FORECAST

IPSWICH residents are bracing for hot and sunny conditions on the weekend as a heatwave continues to sweep the southeast.

Temperatures on Saturday will peak at 35C, increasing to 39C on Sunday.

Monday's previously anticipated peak of 43C has been significantly downgraded to tops of 36C but forecasters warn conditions will still be uncomfortable. 

Gatton will be slightly hotter at 38C on Monday. 

 It's significantly above November's average high in Ipswich of 30.8C. 

A severe heatwave warning is in place for parts of the southeast starting Friday to Tuesday.

 

IPSWICH

Saturday: 19-35C

Sunday: 21-39C

Monday: 24-36C

GATTON

Saturday: 18-35C

Sunday: 19-39C

Monday: 23-38C

BOONAH

Saturday: 16-3$C

Sunday: 19-38C

Monday: 21-36c

 

TEMPERATURES 

IPSWICH residents are bracing for days of extreme weather conditions with temperatures expected to peak at 40C.

The hottest part of the heatwave will be on Monday when forecasters expect the mercury to hit 40C.

Today will peak at 35C while day time maximums on Friday and the weekend will range between 34C and 38C.

Minimum temperatures will also be uncomfortably high with 23C and 21C on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

A severe heatwave warning is in place for parts of the southeast starting Friday to Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting heatwave conditions for Ipswich and surrounding areas from Friday through to Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting heatwave conditions for Ipswich and surrounding areas from Friday through to Tuesday. Bureau of Meteorology

 

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting heatwave conditions for Ipswich and surrounding areas from Friday through to Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting heatwave conditions for Ipswich and surrounding areas from Friday through to Tuesday. Bureau of Meteorology

 

There will be reprieve from the heat on Tuesday when a possible morning shower will help reduce day time maximums to 32C.

Conditions on Wednesday will be more than 10C cooler than on the weekend with highs of 28C. 

IPSWICH

Thursday: Maximums of 35C

Friday: 17-34C

Saturday: 19-35C

Sunday: 19-38C

Monday: 23C-40C

Tuesday: 21-32C

Wednesday: 18-28C

GATTON

Thursday: Maximums of 33C

Friday: 16-34C

Saturday: 17-35C

Sunday: 18-38C

Monday: 23-40C

Tuesday: 19-31C

Wednesday: 17-27C

BOONAH

Thursday: Maximums of 32C 

Friday: 15-32C

Saturday: 16-33C

Sunday: 17-37C

Monday: 20-39C

Tuesday: 19-30C

Wednesday: 15-26C 

 

VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER

FORECASTERS are warning a very high fire danger will be in place across southeast Queensland at least for the next two days.

It comes after a bush fire broke out at Chuwar on Wednesday afternoon.

READ MORE: 'YOU WORRY ABOUT YOUR KIDS': A VETERAN FIRE FIGHTER'S STORY

Flinders Conservation Park at Peak Crossing has been closed all week as crew battle at bush fire at Undullah, south of Ripley.

The fire was first reported on November 24 but as at 9.15am today, the fire was burning in inaccessible country north of Mt Elliot Rd.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire and will monitor the fire throughout the day.   

Another fire is burning at Mount French, near Boonah.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Janine Yuasa said warm temperatures were expected to fuel the fire risk today and tomorrow.

"It will be a warm week and temperatures will increase again into Sunday and Monday ahead of a trough coming through," Ms Yuasa said.

"Once that moves through there will be a slightly cooler air mass and a bit of relief on the way but we'll have to wait till next week.

"There should be weaker winds compared to Wednesday.

"For Ipswich it should be much less windy today, looking ahead we might see those winds pick up on Sunday or Monday but they should be light for the next couple of days.

"There is still a very high fire danger today and Friday, dropping back to high.

"Fire dangers are still elevated so it's still worth being cautious."

The previous fire ban ending at midnight on Wednesday has been extended and a fire ban applies midnight on Thursday in the local government areas of Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan and Scenic Rim.

 

Renewed warnings for pet owners

RSPCA authorities have received hundreds of calls from distressed pet owners this month reporting heat stress in cars and back yards.

The authority is urging pet owners to take extra precautions as heat wave conditions continue to sweep the state.

RSPCA QLD spokesperson Michael Beatty said the call centre was swamped with calls from people reporting animals suffering heat stress, with 230 reports of heat stress in cars and backyards since the beginning of the month.

"The figures since the beginning of the year are even more alarming," Mr Beatty said.

"We've had 1, 126 reports of animals being left in hot cars and 2,026 of animals being left with no shelter or shade.

"If it's 30C outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over 40C in less than five minutes.

"We tested a light coloured sedan and the temperature rose to 57C in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside would have been dead.

"Dogs left in backyards can also be in danger," Mr Beatty said.

"A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don't have shade or can't reach water they'll die," he said.

"A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal. It's far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won't be necessary to tether the dog in the first place. We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over."

Contact the RSPCA's 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL for help.

 

Fire conditions were to be expected after low rainfall

HEATWAVE and bush fire conditions in Ipswich and throughout the state are 'unusual but not unprecedented for this time of year'.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack said the onset of strong westerly winds pushing from the south east of the state to central and northern Queensland had heightened fire activity.

Mr McCormack said the conditions were unusual but not unprecedented for this time of year, particularly given the nature of the 2018 bushfire season.

"Queensland traditionally experiences storms this late in the year, but the lack of rain in recent months and parched earth means this bushfire season still has legs," he said.

Mr McCormack reminded residents to take precautions, particularly if they were in areas likely to experience hot, dry and windy conditions.

"Residents should be mindful if they are using machinery and power tools because the smallest spark is enough to fuel a bushfire," he said.

"The same rules also apply around the home: keep the grass low and remove dead leaf litter and flammable materials from the yard.

"People travelling through affected areas should also tune into local media and monitor warnings in case they need to change their plans."

Mr McCormack urged people to call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they spot a fire.

"Early reporting is crucial to getting the jump on bushfires," he said.

"The quicker people report incidents, the faster we can respond with resources to tackle the blaze.

"Bushfire prevention is everyone's responsibility, and by working together we can prevent the likelihood of bushfires starting and spreading."



Survivor reveals devastating details of Dianne tragedy

premium_icon Survivor reveals devastating details of Dianne tragedy

"I banged on the hull and got a response back."

Skipper gives evidence into cause of Dianne capsize

premium_icon Skipper gives evidence into cause of Dianne capsize

Relief skipper Adam Kelly was one of many to give evidence

'Flipped several times': Man lucky after Boyne Island crash

premium_icon 'Flipped several times': Man lucky after Boyne Island crash

He was treated at the scene and transferred to Gladstone Hospital.