‘Extreme heatwave’ on the cards for Queensland

Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for an ‘extreme heatwave’ which was set to hit the State this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned parts of the State, including Thargomindah, could see temperatures of up to 43 degrees Celsius, eight degrees above the monthly average.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said with hot, humid conditions predicted motorists needed to be aware of the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars.

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“This is an important time to remind motorists it’s never safe to leave a child or pet locked in a car,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Temperatures can reach 40 degrees in just seven minutes, and the consequences can be deadly.

“We know it can be tempting to distract children by giving them keys to play with but we’re pleading with care-givers not to do this. It can lead to accidental lock-ins, which risks the health of your child.”