Australia Weather set to get even hotter and more humid today, BOM warns

00:59  14 february  2018
00:59  14 february  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Queenslanders need to keep calm and stay cool, avoid booze and crank up the fan, as the worst heat is set to come today as the humidity spikes after another wild storm.

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Senior forecaster Rick Threlfall said today may reach slightly warmer temperatures in the south-east, although out west it will remain much the same.

"Not a great deal of change for the west compared to yesterday," he said.

After a fast-moving storm that hit the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich last night, humid conditions can be expected again today.

Yesterday, Windorah was the hottest place in Queensland, hitting 45.5 degrees Celsius, while it reached 44.9C in Winton and 44.7C in Birdsville.

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Mr Threlfall said temperatures were unlikely to fall anywhere in the south-east until the weekend.

"Eastern parts of the state will cool off, but much of the interior will remain above average well into the weekend," he said.

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The meteorologist warned that conditions could get even more extreme on Friday, with thermometers pushing into the high 30s in London. A large area of high pressure over Scandinavia will draw in hot and humid air (Image: GETTY).

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He said people in the state's far north might see temperatures increase from Thursday.

"Because they've been getting sea breezes, there hasn't been too much above average. They will probably warm up on Thursday or Friday," he said.

Sleeping under the air-conditioner

Ipswich resident Catherine Bennett is 26 weeks pregnant with twins and said the heat wave had proved a challenge.

"Pregnancy basically makes you into a human incubator," she said.

"It's hardest when the temperature doesn't drop enough at night, as you can't get much relief."

She said her partner's mother had been sending news articles warning her of the dangers of dehydration and heatstroke, and had been doing everything possible to stay cool.

"At home we've resorted to sleeping in the living room as we're lucky to have air-conditioning there," she said.

"Cold showers, icy drinks and wet tea towels are the things that have been getting me through.

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Storms could disrupt the evening commute. EXPRESS FORECAST. Today : Not as hot , scattered storms late. Get our daily forecasts on your Amazon Alexa device. Click here to find out how. By Saturday we’re back into a warmer and more humid flow from the south.

**4 WARN Weather Alert Day with strong to severe thunderstorms likely**. Say whaaat?! A little hotter today and you could feel that humidity creeping back into the area. Friday will be variably cloudy, hotter , and much more humid .

"When I have to walk somewhere in the sun, I always use an umbrella — it really makes a difference.

"I've been getting lots of sympathetic comments from people but I really feel for those women further along their pregnancy than me — I hope they can hang in there!"

How to keep calm and stay cool

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital emergency specialist Dr David Rosengren said people needed to adopt a common-sense approach to keeping cool in sweltering conditions.

"It comes down to trying to avoid putting yourself in an environment where you'll excessively heat up or be unable to lose body heat," Dr Rosengren said.

"Avoid unnecessary exercise at the peak period of the day, and make sure you have the windows open, have airflow moving through the house and continue to allow that evaporation and the movement of air across the body.

"If you have a ceiling fan or a pedestal fan ... then that's by far the most effective way to avoid being excessively hot."

He also urged people to stay hydrated while also cautioning against excessive alcohol consumption.

Dr Rosengren says elderly people are among the most vulnerable to heat-related illness, especially those living alone.

"They're worried about security so they have all the doors and the windows closed and they're worried about the cost of electricity so they don't turn the air-conditioning on," he said.

"It's a bit like being in an oven and they can very rapidly and quite profoundly get affected by the heat and become unwell.

"Tragically we have lives lost during heat season and that's the commonest underlying cause."

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