Hottest day takes its toll on livestock

GYMPIE'S hottest day on record was a killer for livestock, including 2500 free range chickens at Imbil.

The best efforts of staff and management were no match for heatwave conditions across the region, killing 2500 free range chickens at Imbil.

As many residents retreated to air-conditioned rooms, cinemas and shopping centres, there was no such relief for management and staff at Moya Valley Poultry.

Despite their best efforts and the full use of fans and water misters, soaring temperatures caused serious heat stress to the birds, 2500 of which died.

The farm's Facebook site said the heat caused havoc.

Gympie melted through its hottest day on record on Saturday, with an official Bureau of Meteorology reading of 42.4 degrees at 4.35pm.

Cattle crammed all available shade and temperatures reached levels which endangered human lives as well as animals.

Veteran Weather Station operator Ted Uebergang said his maximum reading was 42.8 degrees.

"But you can be sure the Gympie CBD was hotter than that," he said.

Mr Uebergang, who is also the Veteran Rural Fire Brigade's first officer, said fire danger had been lowered from extreme to high yesterday, only because of cooling storms.

Gympie's previous record was 42 degrees in 2001.

Records fall

New records at nine locations in south-east Queensland on Saturday:

Gympie - 42.4 degrees

Archerfield - 43.5 degrees

Maroochy - 41.3 degrees

Nambour - 42.9 degrees

Beerburrum - 43.4 degrees

Redcliffe - 40.3 degrees

Toowoomba - 39.5 degrees

Beaudesert - 44.6 degrees

Logan - 41.9 degrees

Gympie Times


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