A cloud of dust is covering south west Queensland this morning as windy conditions continue.
A cloud of dust is covering south west Queensland this morning as windy conditions continue. Jack Simmons

Dust haze blankets Darling Downs

RESIDENTS have woken to a dusty orange sky in south west Queensland this morning as windy weather and high fire danger continues across the region.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Harry Clark said the dust haze was widespread, covering most of south west Queensland and was caused by a cold front that passed through the state yesterday. 

"There's really strong south westerly winds behind it, it would have been very gusty for most places last night and that's helped to pick up the dust in western areas of Queensland and New South Wales and pull it towards the coasts," he said.

While the haze isn't thick enough to be considered a dust storm, visibility was down to 2400 metres at Oakey this morning and 6000m in Toowoomba.

Mr Clarke said the weather pattern isn't unusual for spring, however it has been particularly strong, and people will need to remain vigilant with continued winds and fire danger weather until mid-week.

"We get these sort of events frequently in spring but this one was a particularly strong one which is why we saw those extreme fire dangers yesterday," he said.

"We still have very high fire danger for the next few days, so even though it's not as bad as yesterday, it's still going to remain challenging for firefighters battling those fires in much of southern Queensland at the moment."

Mr Clarke said the dust haze should continue for most of today and should dissipate and slowly move north and east from tomorrow. Tomorrow and Monday will remain quite dry and gusty with winds decreasing by mid week.