Bundaberg could be heading for one of its hottest-ever days on Monday if the weather bureau's prediction of a 37-degree maximum temperature proves correct.
The forecast is for hot and sunny conditions, with a minimum of 21 degrees and a high of 37.
The Queensland forecast is for hot conditions over central and southern parts with temperatures well above average.
Bundaberg's highest February temperature was 37.7 degrees on 9 February 2002. The hottest day ever was 38.5 degrees on 6 March 2017.
Tuesday is expected to be cooler with a maximum of 33 degrees while Wednesday is forecast to reach 30.
The hot weather is expected to ease after tomorrow.
For information about heat-related illness visit Queensland Health.
Drink water regularly
- Drink 2-3 litres of water a day at regular intervals, even if you do not feel thirsty. If your fluid intake is limited on medical advice, ask your doctor how much you should drink during hot weather
- Sports drinks do not replace water
- Don't drink alcohol, soft drinks, tea or coffee — they worsen dehydration
- Eat as you normally would but do try to eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit
- Avoid heavy protein foods (e.g. meat, dairy products) which raise body heat and increase fluid loss.
Keep out of the heat
- Plan your day to keep activity to a minimum during the hottest part of the day
- If you can, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm)
- Avoid strenuous activities and gardening
- Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked cars.
If you go out
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, porous clothes
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen
- Regularly rest in the shade
- Drink plenty of water
Stay as cool as possible
- Wear appropriate clothing to suit the hot weather
- Stay inside, in the coolest rooms in your home
- Block out the sun during the day by closing curtains and blinds and keep windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside
- Open up windows and doors when there is a cool breeze, when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation
- Use fans and air-conditioners at home to keep cool, or spend time in an air-conditioned library, community centre, shopping centre, or cinema
- Take frequent cool showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck.
Look after your animals
Animals can also be affected by heat-related illness. If you’re in charge of an animal, you have a duty of care to provide it with food, water, and appropriate shelter.
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