Urgent heatwave warning as summer kicks off in Queensland

Cancer Council will today issue an urgent warning for Queenslanders ahead of a predicted five-day heatwave, while officially launching the start of summer at Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast.

Severe to extreme temperatures are expected to soar across the state from tomorrow, reaching tops of 38 in Brisbane, 37 on the Sunshine Coast and 33 on the Gold Coast.

Media are invited for filming, photographs and interview opportunities:

What: CCQ and Wet’n’Wild officially launch summer in Queensland

Where: Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast Guest Services

When: Thursday December 1, 10am

Who: Cancer Council spokesperson Katie Clift, Wet’n’Wild General Manager Greg Yong


Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the official launch of summer in Queensland came with a dire warning for the state’s health.

“It’s crucial for Queenslanders to heed the dangers of scorching temperatures, and take sun protective measures when out and about during this heatwave,” Ms Clift said.

“Where possible, people should avoid sun exposure – especially when the UV Index is three or above, from about 7:30am during summer in Queensland.

“We recommend Queenslanders abide by all five sun protective recommendations – Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when out and about.

“Sunscreen or a good hat alone isn’t enough – we need to make the effort to do all we can to protect ourselves in hot weather, to reduce our skin cancer risk.

“We’re proud to officially launch summer today with Wet’n’Wild, and encourage all Queenslanders to prioritise sun protection to reduce the risk of skin cancer this summer.”

Cancer Council Queensland is also warning older Queenslanders and those affected by chronic disease to take extra care in the soaring temperatures.

“Keep yourself and your family cool – stay in air-conditioning, drink as much water as possible and schedule outdoor activities later in the day, when the UV Index falls below three,” Ms Clift said.

“Be aware of heat-related illness and heat stroke – warning signs may include muscle cramps and weakness, dizziness and a headache, nausea or fainting.

“Mild to moderate dehydration can also be an issue. We encourage all Queenslanders to look out for the health of friends and family around them during this time.”

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.

For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171