MINI HEATWAVE: Gold Coast Set For A Stinker

Temps to reach 38°C at Nerang

13 February 2019

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For once plenty of people are happy to be at work in the air-con, away from the sweltering temps outside.

This mini-heatwave was expected to peak across the south-east on Wednesday with a top of 38°C predicted for parts of the Gold Coast including Nerang, while the mercury was tipped to reach a blistering 41°C out at Beaudesert.

It was already 31°C at Surfers Paradise at 9am, but it felt like 33.7°C thanks to the humidity. 

Lachlan Stoney from the Bureau of Meteorology said the Gold Coast was in for temps five to six degrees above average the February average. 

"For example along the coast around Coolangatta the average for this time of year is about 28, so a good five degrees above average."

Tony Hucker from the Queensland Ambulance Service said it was important everyone, especially those working in the sun or doing physical activities, drinks plenty of water.

"The biggest risk is dehydrating and overheating and heat-related syndromes can be fatal if you don't manage them," he said.  

"Make sure you avoid the hottest part of the day and if you are going to be doing strenuous activity, make sure you have lots of breaks and lots of water with you".

The good news from Mr Stoney, was that the heat would not stick around for long.

"By Friday most of the coastal places around the Gold Coast should be below 30, so a bit of relief towards the end of the week".

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