Brace for sweltering heat, smoke and severe fire threat
SWELTERING temperatures, thick smoke haze and possible thunderstorms are expected as temperatures soar to 38 degrees on the Sunshine Coast today.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Dean Narramore said Nambour had already hit 34 degrees as of 8.30am and was expected to experience the highest temperatures on the Coast today and tomorrow.
Mr Narramore said satellite imaging showed a mass of smoke over most of New South Wales from current burning bushfires, and that haze was expected to move northwards to the Sunshine Coast late this afternoon, into the evening and tomorrow.
“The south-easterly (wind) change is going to bring a lot of the smoke up into Sunshine Coast, it’s already pretty bad in Gold Coast and Brisbane and you will see that in your part of the world,” he said.
Mr Narramore said hot, dry and breezy conditions had contributed to a severe fire danger for the southeast coast today.
He said smoke from the Fraser Island bushfire is currently moving offshore and was not affecting the region.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said they were all “ramped up” to respond in an emergency, with extra personnel in their communications office, an internet Control Centre (ICC) set up to deploy strike teams and the Regional Operations Centre (ROC) providing the resources they need.
“If (the ICC) need aircraft or bombing, the phone into the ROC and state air desk approves it,” the spokeswoman said.
She said two crews were patrolling a fire, which broke out near Yandina on Thursday.
Mr Narramore said fresh, breezy and moderate winds between 25km/h to 40km/h are expected this afternoon.
Temperatures are expected to drop by up to 5 degrees tomorrow.
Most of the Sunshine Coast can expect a maximum 31C on Sunday, with a hotter day forecast in the hinterland including 33 degrees in Nambour.
Mr Narramore said there was a low chance of isolated thunderstorms today and tomorrow, particularly for the hinterland.
Temperatures are forecast to drop to 29-30 degrees on Monday, warming up to the mid-30s from midweek.
The fire danger is expected to be high tomorrow and Monday, and very high on Tuesday.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises:
Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
Call triple-0 (triple-0) in an emergency.