Aussies are being warned to brace for ‘extreme’ heatwave conditions


The Bureau of Meteorology warns “very hot weather” is building in the next few days for NSW, with most of the state in a severe heatwave by the end of the week.

But the hot conditions have already hit Queenslanders, with Gatton and Ipswich forecast to hit a searing 43C and Brisbane set reach 40C.

Temperature records are expected to be broken.

Severe fire danger warnings are in place for parts of Queensland.

Health authorities are warning Queenslanders to be on alert.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is urging people to be prepared, pay

attention to their health, and look out for neighbours and loved ones.

“I urge all Queenslanders to listen to weather reports, check websites and social media pages for the state’s health and emergency authorities, and be prepared,” she said.

“Drink plenty of fluids, preferably cool water, regularly throughout the day – don’t wait until you’re thirsty.

“Stay indoors when possible, preferably in a building with airconditioning or good air flow, and limit strenuous outdoor activity.”

She said people should continue to use common sense.

“If there are extreme temperatures in your region you should reduce the amount of strenuous activity you are undertaking outside,” she said.

“Importantly, be very conscious of children and ensure no one is left inside a hot vehicle. On a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car is much hotter than it is outside.

“Stay cool by taking cool showers, soaking feet in water or wearing a wet bandana or washer

around your neck.”

Dr Young said always check the colour of your urine to ensure you are well-hydrated – it should be clear to light straw-coloured, not dark or gold.

She said anybody could be at risk of heat-related illness but infants, the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people with some pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.

“Be alert to the symptoms of heat-related illnesses which can range from heat rash, muscle cramps, and heavy sweating, to paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fainting,” she said.

In an interview on The Today Show this morning, public health physician Dr Kate Charlesworth said Australians needed to be on high-alert.

“Heat exposure is really concerning and for us, it is the silent killer,” she said.

“Heatwaves have killed more Australians than any other extreme weather event. Stay hydrated. And keep cool.”





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