NEWPORT BEACH, Queensland (RTE) – Surf lifesavers are battling the heatwave in Belmar, as the mercury continues to fall and surfers are suffering from hypothermia.
The heatwave has caused an exodus of tourists from Belmar as they are unable to enjoy the beaches and the locals are feeling the effects of the heat.
Many surfers have gone to Belmar for the past three weeks, but there is still a large number of people staying home to protect their homes.
Residents are not just concerned about the heat but also the safety of their homes and their children.
They are also concerned about a spike in footfall and car accidents.
Some have reported being hit by waves of up to 10 metres (33 feet) and others have suffered heatstroke.
There are no major surf spots left, but the local residents are feeling extremely concerned and are planning to stay home until they can get through to their homes again.