Bundy feels hot, hot, hot
THE punishing heat and humidity has led wilting Wide Bay residents to notch up an all-time energy consumption record, as air-conditioners were running in overdrive to beat the heat.
Ergon Energy said consumption peaked at 321.1 megawatts at 3.45pm on Tuesday, dropping slightly yesterday as it peaked at 314.5Mw about 4.30pm.
The previous record was 320.3MW on January 27, 2010.
Sprinklers, pools and the beach were all hot-ticket items around the region yesterday as people were desperate to escape the sweltering temperatures.
As the region spent its second day in a row wilting under hot, sticky conditions, Bundaberg Airport recorded a high of 32.4 degrees at 11.30am yesterday, with 59% humidity.
But it was Gayndah that took out the highest temperature in the region, reaching 36.7 degrees at 3pm.
Ergon Energy spokesman Paul Jordon said the electricity grid was coping well under the strain but warned people there were some simple tips such as opening up the home to create cross-breezes that could save on electricity costs.
But for those planning outdoor activities, little relief from the heat is expected until tomorrow and Saturday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster John Gardner said the temperatures would only drop slightly today.
"You will see a change in the wind direction later (today) and the temperatures will cool down a bit more on Friday and Saturday," he said.
The hot and dry weather has also prompted the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to increase the fire danger status to severe.
Rural Fire Service Queensland Bundaberg director of rural operations Tony Johnstone said the weather was a concern.
"We have had three or four days of high temperatures, which can mean fires may get away," he said.
Mr Johnstone said no one experienced with fire would light anything in these conditions.
He also said it was a timely reminder not to light a fire without a permit.
The calls come after firefighters spent two days battling a bushfire in Coonarr earlier this week.
Mr Johnstone said firefighters almost had the original blaze put out when a sudden change in wind caused a spark from the back-burning the crews had done to fly in another direction.
While the hot weather had the fire service concerned, the region's pools and beaches were packed with people trying to keep cool.
Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said the hot weather had meant a busy time on the beach.
"We have had lots of people coming down later as well," he said.
Mr Holden said the popularity of the beach had been helped by good conditions in the surf.
Norville Park Pool manager Lyn Jarvis said the complex had experienced a constant stream of activity from people wanting to cool down.