A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortably hot weather that can affect anybody. Heatwaves can make existing medical conditions worse and cause a heat-related illness, which may be fatal. It can also affect community infrastructure such as the power supply, public transport and other services.
Coping with the heat
Look after yourself and keep in touch with sick or frail friends, neighbours and relatives.
Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty (if your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather).
Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers.
Spend as much time as possible in cool or air‑conditioned buildings (for example, shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres).
Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds. Open the windows when there is a cool breeze.
Don’t leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles.
Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you must go out, stay in the shade and take plenty of water with you. Wear a hat and light-coloured, loose‑fitting clothing.
Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads. Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored.
Avoid strenuous activity like sport, home improvements and gardening.
Watch or listen to news reports that provide more information during a heatwave.
Important contact information
For 24- hour health advice contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24
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