Storm clouds gathered west of Gatton yesterday but brought no rain to the town.
Storm clouds gathered west of Gatton yesterday but brought no rain to the town. Derek Barry

Fire danger as Gatton breaks October hot weather record

Gatton is set to heat up again today after breaking its all time October record yesterday.

The official Bureau of Meteorology gauge registered "only" 38.5 degrees but elsewhere in town temperatures of 42.0 degrees were recorded smashing the previous monthly record by a full degree.

The previous record was 41.0 degrees set on October 19, 2002 but yesterday's record may only last a day with similar temperatures forecast for today.

There were reports of storms in the region but despite ominous clouds there was no rain recorded in the Gatton gauge yesterday.

The biggest danger is fire with a blaze still going in the Ingoldsby area south of Gatton.

On Sunday around 25 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services auxiliary and rural crews were called to the scene in inaccessible country causing a smoke haze in neighbouring areas.

Crews were still heading to the scene on Monday.

A Severe Fire Danger weather warning remains currently for Darling Downs region.

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that fires may be unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast-moving.

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:

Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.

Monitor the fire and weather situation in any way you can through rural fire,  BOM, television or radio.

Call Triple Zero if you see a fire.

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that if you are in an area of Severe Fire Danger:

Leaving is the safest option for your survival.

If you plan to leave finalise your options and leave early on the day.

Only stay if your home is well prepared and well constructed and you can actively defend it.

Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your property - if in doubt, leave early.

For information on Fire Bans and how to Prepare. Act. Survive. Visit the Rural Fire Service web page or call the hotline on 1800 020 440.


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