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Will today be Ipswich’s hottest March day on record?

Temperature records could tumble in Ipswich today with the mercury forecast to hit 39 degrees as the city continues to swelter through a low intensity heatwave.

The hottest recorded March day for Ipswich is 38.9 degrees, which was on 11 March, 2007.

That record was almost broken on Monday, with a top of 38.6 degrees recorded.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Nicholas Shera said that was well above the city’s March maximum average of 29.4 degrees.

Mr Shera said temperatures remained above average overnight with a low of 21.1 degrees recorded, above the March minimum average of 17.8 degrees.

Although Tuesday began with a few drops of rain and overcast conditions, Mr Shera said residents could expect the day to heat up.

“We expect that cloud should mostly burn off and then it will get quite hot again,” he said.

“Conditions should ease from Wednesday with a top of 35 forecast, followed by 34 for Thursday.

“By Saturday the forecast is for a top of 30 which is much closer, but still above, average.”

Ipswich may see some showers on Tuesday, however it is more likely rain will fall later in the week with a 70 per cent chance of rain forecast for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A severe fire warning is currently in place for the southeast, including a fire ban in Ipswich.

Under the ban, all open fires are prohibited and all permits to light fire which have been issued in the area have been cancelled.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has encouraged people to use power tools, which can start fires, with extreme care.

Meanwhile, South East Queensland’s combined dam level is expected to fall to 70 per cent capacity this week, with residents reminded to be water wise.

How to keep cool in a heatwave
  • Drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day at regular intervals, even if you do not feel thirsty. If your fluid intake is limited on medical advice, ask your doctor how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, soft drinks, tea or coffee—they worsen dehydration.
  • Eat as you normally would but do try to eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit.
  • Avoid heavy protein foods (e.g. meat, dairy products) which raise body heat and increase fluid loss.
  • Plan your day to keep activity to a minimum during the hottest part of the day.
  • Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked cars.
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, porous clothes.
  • Use fans and air-conditioners at home to keep cool, or spend time in an airconditioned library, community centre, shopping centre, or cinema.

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