FEELING HOT: The South Burnett hasn't missed out on the hotter temperatures.
FEELING HOT: The South Burnett hasn't missed out on the hotter temperatures. Contributed

Extreme temperatures for parts of Australia

MANY parts of Australia could experience the hottest March day in history today.

According to the weather bureau, parts of Australia, including Western Australia, Queensland and NSW, will break the 40 degree barrier today.

The South Burnett hasn't missed out on the hotter temperatures and we can expect a maximum on Monday of 37 degrees.

And with only a 30 per cent chance of rain, residents are encouraged to stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Temperatures will gradually cool down through the week and Thursday's maximum will drop to 31 degrees.

We can expect more rain later in the week as well, with a 70 per cent chance of 2-8mm on Thursday.

Our neighbours in Gayndah will also be trying their best to find the shade with maximums for Monday and Tuesday up to a whopping 39 degrees.

Residents are encouraged to follow the below guidelines to keep cool in the extreme heat.

  • Drink plenty of fluids: water, diluted juice (mixed with water), low sugar sports drinks.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks (including tea, coffee and energy drinks) as these can increase dehydration.
  • Make ice cubes from water or cordial and suck them.
  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothing.
  • Stay indoors with a fan or air-conditioner on (ensure adequate ventilation if using a fan)
  • Take a cool shower or bath, or put your feet in a bowl of cool water.
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