Hottest September day in 74 years: How to survive the scorcher

Temperatures are tipped to reach 35 degrees on Saturday followed by 37 on Sunday and Monday. It’s summer in September and we’ve got hot tips to keep you cool.

Ipswich is set to sweat through its hottest September day in 74 years on Sunday.

The temperature is expected to hit 35 on Saturday followed by 37 on Sunday, just two degrees shy of the all time September record of 39.2 set in 1943.

Bureau of Meteorology Meteorologist Adipi Sharan said the September scorcher would be fanned by winds from the north-west.

“A big cold front is moving into the south-west of the state and that is causing a hot air mass to build up,” he said.

“That will bring gusty winds to the south-east with very high temperatures and also a very high fire danger.”

Public pools in Ipswich

Bundamba Swim Centre: Open from 6am to 6pm Saturday and 9am to 6pm Sunday at 256 Brisbane Road, Bundamba.

George Conway Leichhardt Community Swim Centre: Open from 6am to 6pm Saturday and 9am to 6pm Sunday at 21 Toongarra Road, Leichhardt.

Goodna Aquatic Centre: Open from 6am to 5pm Saturday and 8am to 5pm Sunday at 137 Brisbane Terrace, Goodna.

Rosewood Aquatic Centre: Open from 8am to 4pm Saturday and 9am to 4pm Sunday at Mill Street, Rosewood.

Other options

Orion Lagoon: Open daily from 5am to 9pm at 155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central.

Zero depth play areas: Bob Gamble Park (River Heart Parklands, 2 Blackall Street, Ipswich),  Robelle Domain (155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central), Splash’n’Play Waterpark (Providence, Harmony Crescent, South Ripley).

  • Drink two to three litres of water a day, even if you’re not thirsty. Sports drinks, soft drinks, alcohol, tea and coffee are not substitutes for water.
  • Avoid heavy protein foods like meat and dairy that raise body heat and increase fluid loss.
  • Plan your day and keep activity to a minimum between 11am and 3pm.
  • If you do go out remember to slip, slop, slap.
  • Take cool showers or baths and splash yourself with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck.
  • Provide animals with food, water and shelter.
  • If you’re breastfeeding feed your baby more often and ensure you drink plenty of water.
  • Give bottle-fed babies cool, boiled water between feeds.
  • Provide children with small regular meals and minimise hot food.
  • Don’t leave children, adults or animals in parked cars.
Stay storm smart this summer

Trim tree branches well clear of your house Clear your yard of loose objects • Clean and check your property’s roof, guttering and downpipes  Have a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries  Prepare a first aid kit and learn basic first aid  List your emergency contact numbers • Visit council’s Emergency Management website

If you can't handle the heat ... get into the air con and read Ipswich First.

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