High temperatures are expected over the Granite Belt this weekend
High temperatures are expected over the Granite Belt this weekend Michael Nolan

How to cope as temperatures soar

GRANITE Belt residents have been reminded to keep cool, with summer arriving hot and temperatures set to soar.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Bernard said the mercury will continue to rise over the next few days.

Mr Bernard said Stanthorpe was facing a few "fairly hot” days.

"Today we're going for 30C,” Mr Bernard said.

"The next five days we're going for 34 or 35C.

"We're going for around 33 for the first couple of days next week before dropping off to 31.”

He said temperatures would be above average for this time of year, normally sitting around the 27°C mark.

Some storms are predicted and may bring some relief.

"Storms might bring a bit of a release, but generally it will just be fine and hot,” Mr Bernard said.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services are reminding people to stay as cool as they can.

Darling Downs Public Health Unit Director Dr Penny Hutchinson said hot weather could lead to dehydration, sunburn and other more serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke.

"Heat stroke occurs when a person's core body temperature becomes high and doesn't cool down,” Dr Hutchinson said.

"All Queenslanders are at risk during periods of hot or prolonged high temperatures, but some people are at a higher risk of harm, such as the elderly, especially those who live alone, babies and very young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as those who are physically active, such as manual workers or people who play sport.”

Heat-related illness symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, bright or dark urine which indicates possible dehydration, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.

Severe cases can lead to confusion or slurred speech, a rapid pulse, vomiting and diarrhoea, and a loss of consciousness.

If this happens, call 000 immediately.

How to prevent a heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of fluids; cool water is best. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink, but instead drink regularly throughout the day.
  • Urine colour is a good guide to hydration. It should be clear to light straw-coloured, not dark or gold.
  • Stay indoors in very hot weather, preferably in an air-conditioned building, or ensure there is good airflow with fans and open windows.
  • Public venues, such as air-conditioned shopping centres and pools, can provide refuge from the heat.
  • People can also stay cool by taking cool showers or baths, soaking their feet in a basin of water or wetting a bandana or washer and wrapping it around their neck.
  • Take time to adjust to the environment, pace yourself and limit strenuous outdoor activity where possible.
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