The temperatures in Queensland has hit the mid-30s, with some cities crossing 40°C by noon and 43°C soon after.
Fire warning has been issued in the western towns of the state and the natives of Darling Downs and Granite Belt have been advised to be prepared for bushfires.
Due to such high temperatures, hubs in the southeast are expected to observe temperatures in the mid-30s, with Brisbane headed for a high of 36°C. However, when the southerly change moves through late in the day, the temperatures may drop on Saturday.
According to the forecasters, the expected temperatures are 8-10 degrees above the October average.
The interior parts of Queensland have already recorded very high temperatures this week, with Birdsville setting a new record on Thursday for the hottest October day with a high of 44.7°C. Health experts have urged people to take required precautions as heat-related illness can be fatal, with the young and the seniors particularly at high risk.
This spell of vehement heat is expected to be short-lived followed by a drop in temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.
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