The mercury is expected to top 39 and 40 in parts of South East Queensland this week. 

Brisbane is set to hit 33 degrees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. 

But it’s Gatton which is forecast to reach 40 degrees and Ipswich 39 degrees.

It prompts a host of reminders to check in on elderly family, keep pets cool and don’t ever leave any person or animal in a motor vehicle unattended. 

The back end of the week looks as though we will get some reprieve, with highs of 27 in the Brisbane CBD.