Heatwave puts four in hospital
FOUR people were taken to Gympie Hospital for heat-related illnesses over a four-day period during this week’s presummer heatwave, where temperatures as high as 36C were felt around the region.
A Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service statement confirmed the admissions after a “big bubble of warm air” affecting large portions of southeast Queensland caused a mean maximum temperature of 32.2C for the first seven days of the month, two degrees above the November average of 30.2C.
“In the period from November 3 to November 6 there have been a total of four presentations to Gympie Hospital Emergency Department for heat-related illnesses,” the SCHHS statement read.
Sunday saw the highest maximum of the month when the mercury topped the 36C mark, closely followed by 34.3C on Monday and 34.1C on Tuesday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said the “bubble” was “squishing air underneath and down to the surface” and the heat was being dragged from the northern reaches of the country thanks to a northeasterly wind.
Fellow forecaster Lachlan Stoney said the heatwave was created by an inland trough across southeast to southwest Queensland.