National park rangers warn on exercise in parks while heat wave persists

Visitors to southern Queensland national parks have been warned to think carefully about high intensity physical activity during heatwave conditions.

HOT TIMES: Our national parks are beautiful and heavily used but people should be cautious about activities in them during heat waves.

HOT TIMES: Our national parks are beautiful and heavily used but people should be cautious about activities in them during heat waves.

The Weather Bureau has warned that the widespread severe to extreme heatwave conditions across southern and southeast Queensland are likely to persist into next week.

Physical activities like walking, hiking and bike riding in these conditions will be difficult and potentially dangerous.

A Queensland National Parks and Wildlife spokesperson said people should plan ahead if they chose to undertake these activities in national parks.

Take a first-aid kit and know hot to use it, remember to slip, slop, slap and take a lot of drinking water," they said.

"If you're going for a walk or a hike, know your limits.

"Be realistic about your physical condition, knowledge, experience and skills keeping in mind it be harder in such extreme heat."

It was illegal to smoke in national parks and fires could happen anywhere any time just as had occurred on Fraser Island over the past two weeks.

"By following these simple tips and considering the predicted weather conditions, everyone visiting our national parks should have a safe and enjoyable time," the spokesperson said.

Beaudesert apparent temperature is close to 37 degrees today, while at the coastal Redlands, it's just under 30C.

This story Park runs not so good in heat wave first appeared on Redland City Bulletin.