Firies on lookout with temps at 35 and rising
A DRY and hot spell has arrived and is set to continue for the next few days, with the chance of thunderstorms only adding to concerns for firefighters.
Exactly how bad the fire threat is will depend on the strength of the northerly winds that will deliver hot temperatures the city will endure over the coming days.
The thermometer will climb into the mid to high 30s from today, peaking at a scorching 39 on Tuesday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michelle Berry said while there was a chance of thunderstorms today, tomorrow and Monday, they were not likely to bring significant rainfall.
"They are not going to be packing much rainfall, but they could be gusty - it's hard to judge their severity this far out," she said.
"The chance of lightning brings with it the risk of fires being started."
Rural Fire Service Queensland Ipswich director Corey Bock said the current low-moderate to high fire danger could be upgraded from today, if the winds turned out to be stronger than initially forecast.
"Saturday and Sunday are looking to be very high fire danger," he said.
"The good news is that there doesn't appear to be a lot of wind at this stage - they are saying it will be between 20-25kmh - but the computer often underestimates the wind speed."
Another key factor for firefighters will be soil moisture, measured by the Keetch-Byram Drought Index.
In the Ipswich area, the current KBDI is about 148, a score which Mr Bock said was of some concern.
"That would sustain a hot fire on the ground," he said.
"The scale is measured from 0-205 and basically anything over 100 is when forestries get concerned."
Firefighters are urging residents to report any bush or grass fires immediately this weekend, as they have the potential to spread quickly.