Woman critical after collapsing at Gold Coast market as Queensland continues to swelter

Woman critical after collapsing at Gold Coast market as Queensland continues to swelter

Woman critical after collapsing at Gold Coast market as Queensland continues to swelter

Updated 15 January 2018, 0:20 AEDT

A woman is fighting for her life after collapsing from severe heat stress at a Gold Coast market, as much of south-east Queensland sweats through another day of high temperatures.

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after collapsing from severe heat stress at a Gold Coast market.

Paramedics were called to a night market in Helensvale on Saturday to a woman, 45, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Temperatures in the south-east reached the high-30s on Sunday, with Brisbane Airport recording 38.1 degrees Celsius.

Nambour on the Sunshine Coast reached 37.8C, while the Gold Coast seaway peaked at 34.4C.

It followed a stinker of a night, with temperatures in the south-east staying in the mid-20s.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonty Hall said by 8:30am it was already 33 degrees in Brisbane.

"A lot of temperatures are between eight and ten above average for morning temperatures, and that's going to lead into a very hot day across the bulk of the state as well," Mr Hall said.

But he said cooler times were ahead.

"There is a little bit of relief coming with a southerly change that has reached the south-west of Queensland today that will spread to the remainder of southern Queensland in the next couple of days and provide some relief from the hot temperatures for a few days at least," he said.

The western Queensland towns of Winton and Cloncurry sweltered through their hottest January night on record.

Winton dropped down to 33.1 and Cloncurry 32.7 — both record breaking temperatures.

Longreach only got down to a minimum of 31.8, which is the warmest January night since January 5, 1902.

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