Storms, hail and heat forecast for Qld

Large parts of Queensland were set for a hot and stormy end to the week with temperatures forecast to hit as high as 43 degrees.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said central and western parts of the State should make sure their properties were ready for strong winds and giant hail.

“If you haven’t already prepped your property for severe weather season, get out there today and get ready,” Ms Ross said.

“Make sure you’ve trimmed overhanging branches, cleared debris from gutters and checked for any leaks in your roof.

“It’s too late to do many of these things when a storm hits, so make sure you’re as prepared as possible beforehand.”

Ms Ross said Queenslanders shouldn’t underestimate heatwaves as they were the biggest killer of severe weather season.

“Sadly, heatwaves take more lives than any other type of natural disaster,” she said.

“Please plan to stay out of the sun during the middle of the day and stay hydrated. It’s also a good idea to check in on your elderly neighbours to make sure they’re staying safe during such high temperatures.

“It’s also a really timely reminder that there is no safe temperature to leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle. It can take just seven minutes for the inside of a car to reach a dangerous and potentially life-threatening temperature. If you see a child or animal locked in a car, or accidentally do so yourself, call 13 1905 for immediate help.”