Child left alone in car during record-breaking heatwave
UPDATE: A MAN has been charged with leaving a child unattended after he allegedly left a four-year-old boy in a car with the windows rolled down.
Police said in a statement he was due to face court on February 12.
EARLIER: A PASSER-BY has earned praise for potentially saving the life of a young child who had been left alone in a car on one of the hottest days in Queensland history.
Queensland Police said the child was alone in a car in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm about 1.30pm.
A man phoned police to alert them to the child.
"Around 1.30pm, a man called police to say that his wife had noticed a young child on his own in a car in the underground car park of a shopping centre on Merthyr Road," QPS said in a statement.
"Police attended shortly after and removed the child from the car via an unlocked door.
"The boy was put inside a police vehicle to cool down in the air conditioning before being transported to the Lady Cilento Hospital as a precaution for further observation.
"A man is assisting police with their enquiries in relation to the incident."
High temperature records have been broken in cities and towns across the state as it swelters through an extreme heatwave.
Temperatures in Brisbane were at 37.6 degrees at 11.40am today.