WEEK­END WILL BE A SCORCHER

Near-record tem­per­a­tures ex­pected in Dalby for the next few days as re­gion ex­pe­ri­ences ex­treme heat

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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.”

PHOTO: YOKEETOD

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

ALL TIME HIGH: Tem­per­a­tures are set to soar around Dalby this week­end.

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