'No end in sight': Severe fire danger in Queensland amid soaring temperatures

The bushfire threat in Queensland is set to ramp up, with high to very high fire danger forecast and severe conditions expected amid soaring temperatures.

More heat and dry winds don't bode well for Queensland's bushfire risk, with forecasters predicting "no real end in sight".

Although it will be weakened, the extreme weather which has triggered a catastrophic fire danger rating in NSW will cross the border on Wednesday, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said. 

Winds are expected to pick up late on Tuesday before peaking with gusts up to 60 km/h.

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Tuesday's fire danger rating for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast is already severe and will remain so on Wednesday and also take in Wide Bay and Burnett.

Winds up 30km/h expected on Tuesday will gust up to 50km/h from the afternoon and onwards.

Temperatures away from Queensland's coast will be in the mid to high 30s on Wednesday, six to 10 degrees above the November average for much of the state.

There is likely to be little reprieve on Thursday before temperatures and winds increase again from Friday throughout the weekend.



Saturday and Sunday thunderstorms are on the radar but could cause more fires as they are likely to bring only minimal rain and temperatures will be in the mid to high 30s, Mr Narramore told AAP.

There are 65 bushfires statewide, with an uncontrolled blaze at Cobraball in central Queensland that by Monday had destroyed eight homes and damaged five.

Winds could reach 40km/h during the next couple of days, bringing "tricky conditions" for firefighters as the winds change direction.

Much of the state is suffering "pretty poor air quality" due to smoke and Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vince Rowlands said"we are not likely to see a complete removal of the smoke haze over the next few days".

No significant rain is forecast for the next week and long-term predictions are for drier and warmer than average conditions.

People with respiratory conditions have been told to stay inside, with health authorities warning people to stay inside unless necessary.


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Published 12 November 2019 at 6:54am