Grey nomads travelling in central and southern Queensland and northern New South Wales are being warned to expect an absolute scorcher over the coming days.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has predicted severe-to-extreme heatwave conditions for three days from Friday, with temperatures forecast to soar past 40 degrees Celsius in many towns south of the Queensland border and west of the Great Dividing Range.
The Bureau predicts a top temperature of 44 in Moree, Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke on Saturday, and those towns are set to remains in the low 40s on Sunday and Monday.
The Bureau’s senior forecaster, Michael Knepp, told the ABC that dry air coming from western Queensland would send temperatures soaring over the weekend.
“We are looking at a possible heatwave with temperatures especially in western Brisbane suburbs remaining in the high 30s possibly getting to 40-41 for an extended period of time for five or six days,” he said.
And the extreme heat, of course, presents other dangers for grey nomads and others.
“We generally see elderly members of the community who perhaps haven’t hydrated enough or haven’t put the air-conditioning on,” said Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor, Alan Muxworthy. “People should be drinking a soft drink can amount of water every hour and if you’re out in the sun wear sunscreen, wear a long-sleeve shirt if possible, wear a hat … and stay out of the sun if you can.”
He says that those without air conditioning should get fans on, get the windows open and get some air flowing through.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service is also stepping up preparations for the looming heatwave.
Superintendent James Haig said they would be ready to deal with any bushfires.
Meteorologists say north-east South Australia and south-east Northern Territory may also experience similar heatwave conditions.
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