EXTREME HEAT: Temperatures in Dalby broke records on Sunday.
EXTREME HEAT: Temperatures in Dalby broke records on Sunday. yokeetod

Relief is in sight from heat wave

IT WAS a scorching weekend as promised when Dalby reached a whopping high of 41.6 degrees on Saturday and 43 degrees on Sunday but relief is in sight, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

On Sunday, Dalby was one of 13 Queensland towns to record their hottest February temperature on record.

Before the weekend, the hottest February day on record for Dalby was 41.5 degrees on February 12, 2004.

Darling Downs residents can look forward to lower temperatures, showers and even possible storms across the region today as the extreme heatwave finally comes to an end.

With most of the state opting to remain indoors with the air conditioning, Queensland reached a new electricity demand of 9369 megawatts.

Even with this unprecedented peak in demand, Energy Minister Mark Bailey said Queensland's electricity network pushed through.

"It is almost unprecedented to hit peak on a weekend, but people using air-conditioners to escape the heat was a big factor,” Mr Bailey said.

"Both Powerlink, Energy Queensland, Stanwell and CS Energy, along with other generators worked around the clock to meet the demand and ensure that our system met this challenge.”

Dalby Cricket Club Secretary Tim Hart said the heat didn't impact the enthusiasm for the cricket carnival at Dalby on Saturday.

"We were fine; we had two games running on the same field but all the players just played five overs at a time and kept cool that way,” Mr Hart said.

"Sunday's sign-on day for rugby league was a lot hotter though.”

Queensland Ambulance said the high temperatures and heatwave conditions around the state over the weekend resulted in increased workloads for paramedics and hospital staff.


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