Relief in sight for hot weather
IT MAY be the first week of autumn, but Darling Downs residents are still dealing with scorching temperatures.
Toowoomba's temperature soared to 34 degrees yesterday, which is eight degrees above average for this time of the year.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Paech said warm conditions were felt right across south-east Queensland this week.
"We have had a lot of hot air over the State the last couple of days," Mr Paech said.
"North westerly winds from a surface trough are bringing over the hot air.
"It is only the first week of autumn so it is not completely unusual for this time of year to have warm weather.
"In saying that, the temperatures are very much above average," he said.
Thankfully, there is relief in sight with weekend temperatures dropping below 30 degrees and continuing into next week.
Owners told to take care with pets
THE hot weather has prompted a warning from RACQ about the risks of abandoning pets in hot cars.
RACQ revealed they have rescued more than 150 pets locked in vehicles this year.
Vehicle temperatures can reach lethal levels in minutes and RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said that under no circumstances should you leave your pet in the car.
"Dogs and cats are often left in the car when owners go into the shops or fill up the car with fuel," Ms Ritchie said.
"Temperatures inside a vehicle can soar above 40 degrees in as little as seven minutes - even on a cool day.
"Motorists need to know they risk their pet's life by doing this, as temperatures passing 40 degrees can lead to serious injury or even death," she said.
Ms Ritchie said leaving a window down in the car would not help your pet stay cool.
"RACQ testing shows the colour of the car, having tinted windows or even leaving windows down, had minimal effect," Ms Ritchie said.
"Some pet owners think it's okay to leave their animal inside the car if they have the window down, but that is just not the case," she said.
Toowoomba 34 degrees
Dalby 38 degrees
Warwick 35 degrees
Chinchilla 38 degrees
Stanthorpe 32 degrees
Goondiwindi 36 degrees
Millmerran 32 degrees