Heat­wave puts four in hos­pi­tal

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

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.

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