Heat wave for Redlands, Beaudesert and Jimboomba, with chance of showers next week

HEAT wave conditions will hit the south-east today, with smoky conditions and temperatures up to 12 degrees above normal.

NEAR THING: FIRES: A farm house saved from fire at the Scenic Rim last month. Some bushfires are still burning.

NEAR THING: FIRES: A farm house saved from fire at the Scenic Rim last month. Some bushfires are still burning.

It comes as tough fire bans are implemented in an effort to reduce dangers across the parched south-east.

Beaudesert and Jimboomba are expected to hit 41 degrees today and 42 tomorrow, with the bayside Redlands to record 35 today and 36 tomorrow.

Hot north-west wind to 25 km/h will turn north to north-east 20 to 30 km/h during the morning and early afternoon.

There is a 20 per cent chance of a shower over the weekend, rising to a 40 per cent chance on Wednesday and Thursday for Beaudesert.

Jimboomba will have an even money chance of rain on Thursday.

Redlands will have about a 40 per cent chance of showers late next week.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has extended a local fire ban for the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley local government areas.

The local fire ban will remain in place until midnight, Friday, December 13.

A QFES spokesperson warned that the hot and windy conditions were perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all permits have been cancelled.

Fires lit for the purpose of cooking are permitted under a local fire ban provided they are not left unattended, are within a properly constructed barbeque, smoker or oven and managed appropriately.

Fires lit for the purpose of burning standing sugar cane for harvest in accordance with the established practice in the industry are also permitted, between the hours of 6pm and 5am and with a permit to burn, issued by a local fire warden.

Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur. Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website, ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

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