WARMING UP: Temperatures set to soar today as fire risk reaches severe in region.
WARMING UP: Temperatures set to soar today as fire risk reaches severe in region.

Warwick weather nears record high

A BOUT of dangerous fire weather is set to hit Warwick today and tomorrow, with high temperatures rivalling the hottest October day on record.

Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said residents could expect temperatures to rise to 38C, a mere 0.5 degrees off October's record of 38.5C in 2014.

"It could come nearish to that but remember that number was towards the end of October, on the 27th, so it's fairly early to get this kind of heat," she said.

Tomorrow is expected to be a bit cooler at 37C, and thanks to north-westerly winds, Ms Westcott said residents could be treated to some afternoon breezes too.

"It's a generally a dry heat, there will be a little bit of wind of Tuesday afternoon but it's not going to feel much hotter because it is that dry heat," she said.

Severe fire warnings were also being put in place over the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Maranoa regions, with the potential for extreme localised warnings in forested areas.

Ms Westcott said residents should have their fire preparations in place, as well as staying safe in the heat by staying out of the sun and staying hydrated.

"It's not only the heat you need to consider but also your fire plan," she said.

As for rain, Ms Westcott expects that Friday and Saturday could be Warwick's best shot for storms, due to a low-pressure trough coming in over NSW and Queensland.

"I wouldn't hold your hopes up for a drought-breaking rain but you may see a few millimetres from those days," she said.

Monitor the fire and weather situation at warwickdailynews.com.au, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au and call 000 in the case of an emergency.



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