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Toowoomba set to sweat with high temperatures predicted

Toowoomba Grammar School junior cricketers Nic Jones (left) and Darcy Murphy feel the heat while competing against The Southport School today.
Toowoomba Grammar School junior cricketers Nic Jones (left) and Darcy Murphy feel the heat while competing against The Southport School today. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA residents are in for a scorching weekend with some of the highest temperatures recorded this year predicted.

Today's temperature is still rising towards the 30 mark and is making way for above average temperatures at the weekend.

Tomorrow's maximum is tipped to reach 32 in Toowoomba but the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting temperatures to keep rising over the weekend.

Saturday's maximum could reach 33 degrees with Sunday's maximum predicted to be the same.

In western parts of the Darling Downs it is forecast to be much hotter with the temperatures getting closer to 40 in places like Goondiwindi and Roma.

With high temperatures predicted, the Queensland Ambulance Service is reminding residents of the dangers of heat related illness.

Darling Downs Local Ambulance Service Network assistant commissioner Michael Metcalfe said the Queensland Ambulance Service was ready for any heat related health issues.

"Past experience has shown an increase in temperature could mean an increase in heat-related cases for the ambulance service," Mr Metcalfe said.

He said there were a few simple guidelines residents could follow to avoid heat-related illness, which include;

  • Drinking several glasses of water a day and more if they are working outdoors or exercising
  • Avoid alcohol and excessive amounts of coffee as both can cause dehydration
  • Wear light and loose clothing
  • Stay in the shade if outdoors and wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when it is at its strongest
  • Make use of fans and air conditioners
  • Take extra care with children and the elderly as they can really suffer in the heat
  • Check on elderly relatives and neighbours to see how they are coping

"Signs of heat exhaustion can include, flushed or pale skin, cramps, nausea, headache, dizziness, disorientation, drowsiness, fainting or collapse," he said.

"If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, call Triple Zero immediately."

Topics:  darling downs, heat, toowoomba, weather



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