Central Queensland to suffer scorching temperatures

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:

KEEP PETS COOL: Don't forget your furry friend in the hot days ahead forecast across Central Queensland.
KEEP PETS COOL: Don't forget your furry friend in the hot days ahead forecast across Central Queensland. Meghan Kidd
  • 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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