Moreton Bay: be prepared for severe weather

Moreton Bay Regional Council is urging local residents to take extra care with a possible a thunderstorm later today, and hotter than normal conditions forecast over the weekend and into early next week.

 

Moreton Bay Regional Council Acting Mayor Mike Charlton said the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is forecasting the chance of a thunderstorm later this afternoon and evening, plus warmer temperatures beginning in the low 30s from Saturday and increasing to mid-30s from Sunday together with an increased fire risk over the weekend.

 

“Be prepared for any local impacts and keep an eye on BoM’s website (www.bom.gov.au) for the latest information,” Cr Charlton said.

 

“With the predicted warm weather, there are plenty of options to help you stay cool including patrolled beaches at Redcliffe and Bribie Island, plus council swimming pools, lagoons, libraries, art galleries and museums.”

 

Local residents are urged to take the following precautions:

 

Stay tuned to local media for weather updates

Drink plenty of water

Wear lightweight clothing and a hat

Regularly apply sunscreen

Stay out of the sun

Keep windows open to allow a through breeze

Limit outdoor or strenuous activity to the coolest parts of the day

Check temperature of playground equipment before letting children use it

Make sure your pets have plenty of shade and water

Check on elderly and vulnerable persons to ensure they are coping with the heat

Parents should be vigilant of the heat and its effects on young children

Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles for any period of time

Consider your options if the heat wave causes a loss of electricity or disrupts public transport.

 

For more information about council facilities such as libraries, art galleries, museums and pools including opening hours and lifeguard hours of operation at Redcliffe’s Settlement Cove lagoon, visit council’s website: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au

 

Visit Queensland Health’s website for more tips on staying cool www.health.qld.gov.au/disaster/heat/heat-wave.asp  

 

For more information or support during heat event or a heatwave:

 

call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time;

contact your doctor, hospital or health clinic.

 

In an emergency, call triple 000.

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