A broad area of low pressure has lead to heat wave conditions in the state.
A broad area of low pressure has lead to heat wave conditions in the state. Michael Nolan

Heat wave continues in south west

TEMPERATURES have soared in the south west at the weekend, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting more hot weather on the way this week.

In a statement released by BOM, it is predicted that the south west is to experience a broad area of low pressure, which will extend over much of the state through the week ahead, resulting in hot to very hot conditions spreading to many areas.

The report labelled the weather pattern as 'severe to extreme heat wave conditions', which will affect many locations in Queensland, "particularly the interior”.

Charleville is forecast to hit 44 degrees tomorrow, with Tuesday and Wednesday highs of 43 degrees.

Roma is predicted to reach 43 degrees tomorrow, with highs of 42 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.

St George is predicted to reach 42 degrees tomorrow, cooling slightly to 41 degrees on Tuesday.

Queensland Ambulance Service Director of Operations David Hartley warned residents not to become complacent due to the prolonged summer temperatures.

"Indications are that temperatures will rise over the weekend and early into next week, where temperatures will be above normal,” Mr Hartley said.

"We are encouraging as many people as possible to stay indoors out of the heat.

"We experience of higher number of calls [during this period] for heat related illnesses, and they typically include dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and in extreme cases of heat stroke, can lead to unconsciousness and other serious side effects.

"The sun is at it's hottest between 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon and that's when we encourage people to be a little bit smarter when exposing themselves to the heat, so stay inside if you can.

"If people are concerned [about power bills] use the air-conditioning strategically, but if you have fans, use fans, and keep your windows and doors open to keep your house well ventilated.

"We have a heat wave plan in conjunction with Queensland health, it is important to recognise it may not be the spike of one day, but rather the continued run of hot days that has the worst impact.”

South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Chris Buck said hot weather could adversely affect a person's health if precautions were not taken to avert risk in the early stages.

"Heat-related illnesses have the potential to be life-threatening and may include heat stroke,'' Dr Buck said.

"Symptoms may vary from patient to patient but it is important to be aware of the various illnesses and the warning signs.

"A person suffering from heat exhaustion may present with symptoms that include muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.

"Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness that presents with symptoms similar to heat exhaustion but which may also include an extremely high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin, but possible some clamminess; a rapid pulse; headache and confusion.

"If you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness, you should seek medical assistance immediately or phone Triple Zero (000).”