Toowoomba Regional Council is warning residents to take sensible precautions to guard against an extreme heatwave that is forecast to reach the region for the start of summer.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the Bureau of Meteorology had forecast extremely high temperatures for most of northern Australia for the start of December, extending across most parts of Queensland, including the southern parts of the state.
He said the predicted maximum temperatures could be at least 10 degrees above the seasonal average temperatures for the Toowoomba Region, and in some cases could be far higher.
“Extreme heat can be particularly dangerous, and residents should take measures to avoid working outdoors, especially in the middle of the day,” Mayor Antonio said.
“Young children, the elderly and people with health problems are most at risk, but heat stress can affect anyone.