WEEKEND WILL BE A SCORCHER
Near-record temperatures expected in Dalby for the next few days as region experiences extreme heat
THE extremely hot weather in Dalby is set to continue – for the next few days at least.
The temperature today is expected to reach 36 degrees and this will rise to 39 on Saturday and 41 on Sunday.
Sunday’s temperature is expected to be almost a record high for this time of the year with the highest maximum temperature in February recorded at 41.5 degrees on February 22 in 2004, according to Weatherzone.
A late Monday shower may cool things down a bit with a maximum of 32 degrees forecast for Tuesday.
We could also be in for a dry month, with only 0.2mm of rain recorded so far.
Weatherzone reports the long-term average rainfall to be 81.44mm for February and the driest February on record to be 4.8mm in 2014.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said the current temperatures were about 5 to 10 degrees above average.
“Essentially over the weekend there is a low pressure trough moving east over the state,” she said.
“A hot air mass is developing over the trough system.”
Ms Berry said there would be relief from the heat early next week.
“Over Tuesday there will be a wind change over the coast,” she said.
With the high temperatures set to continue, health professionals are also warning residents to be aware.
Darling Downs Public Health Unit director, Dr Penny Hutchinson, said hot weather could lead to dehydration, sunburn and other more serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke.
“Heat stroke occurs when a person’s core body temperature becomes high and doesn’t cool down,” Dr Hutchinson said.
The condition can be caused by not drinking enough water, spending too much time in the sun and not being able to cool down quickly.
“All Queenslanders are at risk during periods of hot or prolonged high temperatures, but some people are at a higher risk of harm, such as the elderly, babies and very young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as those who are physically active, such as manual workers or people who play sport.
“Some of the symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, headaches, bright or dark urine which indicates possible dehydration, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
“In extreme cases, heat stroke can lead to confusion or slurred speech, a rapid pulse, vomiting and diarrhoea, and a loss of consciousness.
“If this occurs, it is important to call 000 as soon as possible.”
ALL TIME HIGH: Temperatures are set to soar around Dalby this weekend.