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Temps 10 To 12 Degrees Above Average - Heightened Fire Warning

The Queensland Fire And Emergency Service is asking everyone to remain vigilant as heightened fire conditions continue.

The Fire Danger rating is 'high' for locations between Mackay and the Tablelands on Wednesday.  

The danger increases to 'very high' in the Peninsula, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Southeast Coast areas.

Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said "any fire that starts is going to run very hard, there's just no moisture in the vegetation left, no moisture in the soil; I don't have to tell Queenslanders that it's been drought conditions for many many months; the result of that is the vegetation is very stressed and fires start very quickly".

There are currently around 15 firesburning across the state.

Parts of Queensland were 10 to 12 degrees above average across the long weekend.

The mercury in Gatton soared close to 40 degrees, it was around 39 degrees in Ipswich and the top temperature in Cloncurry and Normanton was around 36 degrees.  

Meteorologist Kimba Wong said "with the southerly change pushing up the coast on Wednesday, there is the slight chance that we could see some showers starting to return to the coastal fringe, possibly the best chance of seeing some showers and storms around with some actual rainfall making it to the ground will be Friday and Saturday this week".

She said "things should start to cool down a little bit with fire dangers starting to ease as a southerly change moves up the coast so bring us some slightly cooler temperatures although we're really just seeing those temperatures start to return to about average for this time of the year".

Ms Wong added "temperatures aren't going to be as high above average for this time of the year in the north, just because the more extreme heat is probably focused just a little bit further south, and just a bit of moisture around, particularly along the north tropical coast, keeping things a little bit more moderated over the next couple of days".

She adds things will cool down just a touch towards the end of the week as the Southerly Change starts to spreads throughout the state.

Temperatures across regional Queensland on the Monday public holiday were: 

Biloela 36 degrees

Blackwater Airport 36.5

Winton 37.8

Saint George 38.4

Kingaroy 36.7

Gatton 39.6

Prosperpine 32.4

Townsville - Fanning River (Defence) 32

Hughenden 36.7

Normanton 07/01:50pm 36.0

Tewantin 29.0