Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Coolangatta and Ipswich.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Coolangatta and Ipswich.

Severe storms forecast amid sweltering heat

UPDATE: SEVERE thunderstorms are developing across southeast Queensland, with the possibility of large hailstones and damaging winds as a hot westerly wind change brings sweltering conditions to the region.

At 12.32pm the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for people in Gold Coast, Redland City and parts of Logan, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas of three severe storms

"The Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Albany Creek, Enoggera and Nerang," the bureau said. "These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast.

"They are forecast to affect Coolangatta and Cleveland by 1:05pm and Point Lookout and Amity Point by 1:35pm.

"Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely."

As the mercury rises, health authorities are renewing their warning for Queenslanders to take precautions against scorching temperatures, dust storms and extreme fire events occurring up and down the state.

A statement released by the Health Minister comes as large swathes of Queensland face a day with temperatures in the high 30s or low 40s.

Firestorm to create 'dead man zones': 

Data from the Queensland Ambulance Service showed that on Monday, medical crews were called to 25 heat-related illnesses.

Another dusty day is forecast for the rest of today as a hot westerly wind change brings sweltering but dry conditions to the southeast of the state.

The westerly change would bring a reprieve from the humid conditions around the capital, but temperatures will still be high, with Brisbane expecting 35C, Ipswich 37C, the Gold Coast 35C and Sunshine Coast 35C.

The change would come through at around midday, bringing with it 30-40km/h winds with gusts up to 70km/h.

The winds would also bring the chance of dust haze, although a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said it was fairly mild.

"Large parts of southeast Queensland could see some dust haze this afternoon," the spokesman said.

He said those with respiratory conditions should keep their medication such as puffers close by as a precaution.

The haze was forecast to last until the end of today, before being blown out to sea, although there was the chance of smoke haze throughout the southeast corner tomorrow.

Temperatures for the rest of the week should ease off, with Brisbane forecast for 33C tomorrow and 29C on Friday.

That relief will only last until Sunday, when the mercury is set to soar again associated with another westerly change. The Bureau of Meteorology spokesman warned that Brisbane's western suburbs could see temperatures in the low 40s on Monday.

It comes as firefighters battle unprecedented conditions in much of the state during the hot, dry weather.

More than 80 fires are burning around the state and residents of several central Queensland communities have been urged to evacuate as a potentially deadly fire approaches.

Queensland Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said today that residents in heatwave-affected areas needed to be aware of the signs of heat-related condition.

"Drink plenty of fluids, preferably cool water, regularly throughout the day - don't wait until you're thirsty," Dr Bennett said.

"Be alert to the symptoms of heat-related illnesses which can range from heat rash, muscle cramps, and heavy sweating, to paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fainting."

"Stay cool by taking cool showers, soaking feet in water or wearing a wet bandana or washer around your neck."

She said those of greatest concern were the elderly, infants, pregnant and breastfeeding women and those with pre-existing conditions.

The health minister Steven Miles warned that the extreme weather was widespread.

"Experts have advised of very windy conditions in the southern, western and central parts of the state - and combined with hot and dry air, it's a very serious event," Mr Miles said.

 

EARLIER: ANOTHER dusty day is forecast for the rest of today as a hot westerly wind change brings sweltering but dry conditions to the southeast of the state.

The westerly change would bring a reprieve from the humid conditions around the capital, but temperatures will soar in Brisbane (35C), Ipswich (37C) and the Gold (35C) and Sunshine (35C) coasts.

The change would come through at around midday, bringing with it 30-40km/h winds with gusts up to 70km/h.

The winds would also bring the chance of dust haze, although a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said it was fairly mild.

"Large parts of southeast Queensland could see some dust haze this afternoon," the spokesman said.

He said those with respiratory conditions should keep their medication such as puffers close by as a precaution.

The haze was forecast to last until the end of today, before being blown out to sea, although there was the chance of smoke haze throughout the southeast corner tomorrow.

Temperatures for the rest of the week should ease off, with Brisbane forecast for 33C tomorrow and 29C on Friday.

That relief will only last until Sunday, when the mercury is set to soar again associated with another westerly change. The Bureau of Meteorology spokesman warned that Brisbane's western suburbs could see temperatures in the low 40s on Monday.

It comes as firefighters battle unprecedented conditions in much of the state during the hot, dry weather.

More than 80 fires are burning around the state and residents of several central Queensland communities have been urged to evacuate as a potentially deadly fire approaches.



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