Brisbane Braces for 38C as Queensland Swelters

Large parts of Queensland are set for another sweltering day, with temperatures likely to top 40C in many places.

While the mercury hit an uncomfortable 36C in Brisbane yesterday, it’s expected to reach 38C today.

Other parts of the south-east will also continue to sweat it out, with highs of about 36C forecast for the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Queensland is expected to swelter today, a Bureau of Meteorology temperature map shows. (BoM)

Ipswich, west of Brisbane, is likely to reach 38C, after topping 39C yesterday.

Outback areas are destined to fare worse, with Cloncurry headed for a top of 42C for the second day in a row.

Authorities say the hot dry conditions mean the state’s south-east corner is a very high fire risk.

Emma McDonald, 8, cooled off at the Bunya Crossing Reserve on January 9. (AAP)

The Bunya Crossing Reserve was a popular place to cool off on January 9. (AAP)

Residents have been urged to take care using power tools and machinery, to avoid accidentally starting a blaze.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says people should be mindful of using equipment outside and postpone any planned burn-offs.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is prepared to deal with heat cases. (AAP)