by Madura McCormack
PARENTS are being warned to watch out for children as Queenslanders flock to pools in an effort to cool off during a potentially record-breaking heatwave.
Inland temperature records for September are poised to fall today with many western Queensland towns pushing 30C by 9.30am.
It was 32.2C in Mount Isa at 9.30am, 34.1C in Roma and 26.5C in Brisbane.
In a week of above average temperatures, a new all-time Queensland September record of 42.8C was set at Birdsville yesterday.
MAX TEMPS TODAY
Hervey Bay: 28
St George: 36
Weather forecaster James Thompson said the trough that brought the heat to Birdsville is moving east and will keep the mercury in the high 30s across the state.
Queensland Ambulance clinical director Tony Hucker has implored parents to keep an eye on children.
"When it gets hot like this everyone's looking for the backyard pool and the local pool to have a swim but please make sure you keep your eyes on little kids," he said.
"It's so dangerous if you take your eyes off them. Just a couple of minutes underwater and they can drown, particularly in busy pools when you lose sight."
"Please keep your eye on the little ones while they're swimming."
Beaudesert, Nerang, Emerald and Chinchilla are all predicted to reach 39C, while Longreach is expected to be the hottest place in the state, topping out at 41C.
Brisbane is predicted to hit 35C, as is Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast will reach 30C at Surfers Paradise.