HEATWAVE: Temperatures soar in the North Burnett.
HEATWAVE: Temperatures soar in the North Burnett. Scott Powick

The advice Queensland Ambulance has issued amid heatwave

NORTH Burnett residents are being urged to be mindful of more vulnerable members of their community today as a heatwave hits.

Both low-intensity and severe heatwave conditions have been forecast for parts of the region from today until Wednesday, with conditions easing towards the end of the week.

"Gayndah appears to fall into the low-intensity heatwave area, as well as Monto but I would say they are both bordering the severe heatwave,” a Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said.

"This doesn't downplay the fact that it's hot .

"The main take away, when there is a heatwave, is just to be more aware of vulnerable people in the community.”

Queensland Ambulance Service clinical director Tony Hucker urged anyone who is at home Monday, to knock on the door of elderly neighbours.

"Make sure they're okay because the risk of illness getting worse on days like today is a bit more pronounced,” he said.

"If people look really hot and distressed that's the first sign (of heatstroke), it can then go on to abnormal behaviour, headaches and vomiting, collapsing, seizures and all those really nasty things.

"Heatstroke is dangerous and can kill you.”

Gayndah and Mount Perry were expected to swelter, both with a maximum temperature of 39 degrees forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

A maximum of 38 degrees is forecast for Monto.

Aside from the temperature, there are specific criteria used to determine heatwave severity.

"There has to be three or more days where the maximum and minimum temperatures are unusually high,” the spokesperson said.

The Heatwave Forecast Map shows the heatwave severity to reduce significantly by Thursday.


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