Temperature will hit 46 degrees Celsius in parts of outback Queensland today, with a heatwave kicking in for state’s central and southern regions.
Seven people were treated for heat-related illness yesterday, as health authorities warn people, especially the elderly and outdoor workers, to keep cool.
The mercury will climb to 46C in Birdsville in western Queensland, with many towns in that region enduring above 40C today and over the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.
Temperatures will today crack 40C at Gatton and 38C in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, however a cool breeze will keep the coast cooler than expected.
Brisbane will climb to 32C.
BOM forecaster Diana Eadie said it would gradually get hotter in the coming days in central and southern Queensland.
“It won’t be as hot as initially forecast earlier this week,” she said.