Warm weekend in Gladstone as south-east sizzles

GLADSTONE is set for a warm weekend while other parts of the state sizzle.

The forecast for Saturday is a mostly sunny day with a top of 32, while on Sunday it will be sunny and 33.

Monday will be warmer again, with a top of 34 expected.

In Brisbane, a heatwave has been predicted as G20 leaders descend on the city.

The temperature is expected to hit 35 degrees on Saturday and 38 on Sunday.

Further west in Ipswich, a top of 41 is forecast for Saturday, with 40 on Sunday.

Additional firefighters will be called to Ipswich from the Gold Coast and Beaudesert during the high fire danger weekend.

A hot air mass sitting over central Australia and a surface trough moving over the southern states are responsible for the looming heatwave.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore told Brisbane Times the trough would move through south-east Queensland on Monday and Tuesday, bringing cooler winds.

"But it's going to stall over central Queensland, allowing that heat to build up," he said.

A severe fire danger warning has been issued for much of the state.

Rural Fire Service assistant commissioner Neil Gallant urged residents to be vigilant.

"This is some of the hottest weather and highest fire danger Queensland has experienced this season," Mr Gallant said.

"Under these conditions, very hot temperatures combined with low humidity and increased winds create dangerous fire conditions where fires may develop quickly, spread rapidly and become more intense."

He said firefighters and police would remain on the lookout for arsonists and negligent landowners.

"People should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and always be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas," he said.

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