UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in Southeast Queensland over the next several hours with Caboolture due to be affected.
Small hail has occurred at Crows Nest and Gatton.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
EARLIER: 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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