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Queensland set for a scorcher

HEALTH authorities are urging locals to keep an eye on the elderly as Queensland is expected to swelter on Tuesday with temperatures of up to 40 degrees in the south-east.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high of 39 degrees in Brisbane with the Sunshine Coast only slightly cooler on 37 degrees, while Toowoomba will be about 35 degrees.

Warwick is expecting a high of 35 degrees today but is tipped to be slightly cooler on Tuesday at 34.

Gympie is expecting a top of 39 degrees on Tuesday.

The hot weather is being caused by a broad trough over central and eastern Australia bringing with it north to north-westerly winds.

Weather forecasters say the winds in the south-east will pick up on Tuesday.

Weatherzone says Brisbane will hit 33C on Monday with a possible storm and 39C tomorrow before dropping back to 32C on Wednesday.

Temperatures at Ipswich on Tuesday are expected to reach 41 degrees.

Energex is urging us all to minimise their power use in the coming days to help lighten the load on the network, particularly during the peak times between 4pm and 8pm.

Firefighters are bracing for trying conditions with much of the state tinder-dry.

The bureau has issued a high fire danger warning, while the UV alert for today extends from 7.30am to 3.50pm with the UV Index predicted to reach 13, which is extreme.

OTHER TEMPS FOR TODAY

Bundaberg: Shower or storm. Max 33

Hervey Bay: Shower or storm. Max 31

Maryborough: Shower or storm. Max 34

Gympie: Shower or storm. Max 35

Kingaroy: Showers, storm. Max 33

FORECAST FOR TUESDAY

Bundaberg: Shower or storm. Max 34

Hervey Bay: Shower or storm. Max 31

Maryborough: Shower or storm. Max 35

Gympie: Shower or storm. Max 39

TOP WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT

- Drink plenty of water throughout the whole day.

- Increase natural ventilation by opening windows and using fans.

- Monitor those at high risk including checking the elderly twice a day.

- Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing.

- Stay out of the sun.

- Take a cool shower or bath.

- Never leave a child or elderly person alone in a car.

- Limit hot foods and alcohol consumption.

- Monitor pets for heat stress.

Source: Queensland Health

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