Region will experience severe heatwave conditions all week

EXTREME HEAT: Temperatures in Dalby will soar this weekend.
EXTREME HEAT: Temperatures in Dalby will soar this weekend. yokeetod

THERE will be no reprieve from the heat this week, as the Western Downs is set for a scorcher with temperatures to reach 40 degrees.

Dalby reached a high of 41.1 degrees on Sunday afternoon, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with today also forecast for similar temperatures.

Today is forecast to reach 40 degrees, tomorrow we should have 39, then 40 degrees again on Thursday.

Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman Annabelle Ford said the region was experiencing "severe” heatwave conditions.

"It is going to be hot all week across the Downs,” she said.

"If you are working outside, staying hydrated, wearing cool clothes and noting being out in the hottest part of the day if possible is advised.”

Ms Ford said the humid conditions could produce a thunderstorm today however little rain is forecast during the week.

Chinchilla will feel the brunt of the heat this week, with a forecast of 41 degrees today followed by 40 and 41 on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has given a similar forecast for thunderstorms in the region.

Queensland Ambulance Service director of operations David Hartley encouraged people to make smart choice if they were going to be outdoors between 10am and 3pm.

"We (are) encouraging as many people as possible to stay indoors out of the heat, to protect themselves from heat illness,” Mr Hartley said.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology chinchilla dalby heatwave conditions qas western downs

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