Grey nomads on high alert as temperatures soar

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Temperatures soar in Queensland
Soaring temperatures can pose fire - and health - risks

Grey nomads travelling in Queensland are being warned to be aware of extreme temperatures as the mercury soars to 40C and beyond.
While Brisbane is expected to swelter in 39C heat today, the situation will be even steamier inland. Meteorologists expect the grey nomad favourite of Winton to hit 43C.
In some areas humidity will also be down to 5% and winds will reach 40km/h … a firefighter’s nightmare!
“Under these conditions, if we get a fire started it certainly would be very difficult to control,” Peter Varley, from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service told ABC Radio.
About three quarters of the state is expecting high to extreme fire danger, and fire authorities have already relocated crews and fire fighting aircraft to deal with any blazes.
However, it is not just the fire danger that is causing concern. The Australian Medical Association says it is the young and the old who are most vulnerable to heatstroke, and the number one priority should be is to stay hydrated.
“Were asking people to heed the advice and take precautions during periods of hot weather,” Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Russell Bowles. “Heat-related illnesses are serious and can be life threatening.”
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