SCORCHING temperatures are forecast across Central Queensland in the coming week, with 40-degree days "not out of the question".
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said most centres across the region would hit 38 to 39-degrees today and tomorrow, with humidity rising later in the week as cloud cover spreads and storms brew.
"It will still be warm during Wednesday, we will start to see a bit of cloud develop Wednesday afternoon and evening with a slight chance of a storm forming," the BOM spokesperson said.
"That's mostly in the north-east part of Central Queensland - the Clermont, Moranbah region."
Warm overnight temperatures of 23-24 degrees are forecast for Wednesday.
Slight relief from the heat should come later in the week though with temperatures falling back to the mid-30s from Thursday, and a 50% chance of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening.
"A south-easterly pushes through then so it will feel like a much better change - Friday and Saturday will feel cooler and region will be a bit fresher," the BOM spokesperson said.
Only minimal rainfall is forecast during storms, with most showers only expected to produce about 1-5mm of rain.
Don't forget your furry friend during those steamy days. Keep them cool with the following tips, courtesy of CQ Pet Rescue president Susan Consedine:
- Make sure your pet has access to shade and grass.
- Make sure there is a good supply of water kept in a cool place, multiple bowls, or even fill up a shell pool for them to play in, or put the sprinkler on.
- Freeze bones, toys, or block of ice for them to play with.
- Don't exercise your dogs in the heat of the day - only early in the morning or at night once the pavement is cool.
- If your pet seems unusually lethargic in the heat, hose them down immediately with cold water, especially on their bellies.
- If you were planning to groom your dog, plan to do so before temperatures rise so they are more comfortable
- Signs that your pet is suffering from heat distress: Vomiting or drooling, fatigue, heavy panting or difficulty breathing, diarrhea or seizures
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