Extreme heat or heatwaves are periods of unusually hot weather.
In Australia, extreme heat events are responsible for more deaths than all other natural hazard events combined.
Hot weather can affect everyone, however those at greater risk include older people, people with existing medical conditions, babies and young children, outdoor workers, socially isolated people, people who are homeless and pregnant women.
Climate change is resulting in more hot days and more intense heatwaves. Now more than ever, it is important to know the risks of heat, who is at risk, how to prepare, and how to protect ourselves and others.
It is important to know how to stay healthy during hot weather.
Older people, people with existing medical conditions, babies and young children are people more at risk of heat-related health problems.
Preparing early can help protect you and the people you care for from the impacts of extreme heat.
Everyone can be impacted by heat-related illness during hot weather
Babies and young children are at increased risk of
heat-related illness. View tips and advice to keep your child safe during hot weather.
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