SMOKE HAZE IMMINENT: Smoke from an out-of-control bushfire near Clumber on Friday (Dan Peled).
SMOKE HAZE IMMINENT: Smoke from an out-of-control bushfire near Clumber on Friday (Dan Peled).

Region remains alert for growing fire danger

AN extreme fire weather warning has been issued for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region today following above average temperatures.

Bureau of Meteorology metrologist Jess Gardner said November temperatures were already record as being 5 - 8 degrees above average.

"The fire warning comes from the west to southwest winds developing which are stronger than they have been for the last few days," Ms Gardner said.

"There is the chance that winds could reach approximately 40km per hour."

Residents in the region this morning woke to a large smoke haze, which Ms Gardner said was the result of southerly winds pushing up from New South Wales.

"This should ease through the early parts of the morning and throughout the rest of the day," she said.

"As we get westerly winds push through, it should push the smoke away."

The extreme temperatures are expected to ease early in the week, while the fire threat will still remain high.

"Temperatures will start to cool heading into tomorrow when the winds will switch to an easterly which will bring moisture and cooler air in," she said.

"We will see temperatures topping 35C today before easing back to 31C tomorrow."

It won't be reprieve for long with temperatures due to increase during the middle of the week, with Wednesday forecast to reach 37C.

The Bureau advises residents to remain alert to changing fire weather warnings and to follow the advice of Queensland Health.

"If you're struggling with the heat, stay inside and in the cool or in the shade if you are outside," Ms Gardner said.

"Keep any eye on the fire warnings, regarding any new fires that might start."



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