Hot conditions to stay but no rain

There was a bushfire near the Barkly Hwy on Saturday as temperatures soared.
There was a bushfire near the Barkly Hwy on Saturday as temperatures soared.

The dangers of bushfires will continue in our region with extremely hot and dry conditions predicted for the rest of the week.

Temperatures will be well into the 40s for the remainder of the working week but the chance of rain is no higher than 30% on any day.

Authorities are warning people to be careful with cigarette butts after another bushfire near the Barkly Hwy on Saturday.

Rural Fire Service units came from Mount Isa to attend the fire north of the highway around 50km from town on Saturday afternoon.

The conditions have been caused by a broad area of low pressure extending over much of the state through the week ahead, resulting in hot to very hot conditions spreading to many areas.

This static weather pattern will result in severe to extreme heatwave conditions affecting many locations in Queensland, particularly the interior. 

In Mount Isa on Monday it will be hot and mostly sunny with temps soaring to 43 degrees.  It will hover around that temperature until Friday at the earliest which some “relief” of a max of 38 for Saturday.

Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke encouraged Queenslanders to check on their neighbours over the coming days, particularly if they were elderly, unwell or frail.

“It’s particularly important to look out for our seniors during the expected weather headed our way, with heat and humidity a risk to the health of older people,” she said.

“Popping next door with a cool drink for an elderly neighbour not only makes sure they’re safe and well, it can also help beat social isolation and better connect seniors to their communities.”