Heatwave conditions through to Sunday
are expected to see temperatures climb into the mid-40s in western Sydney, with
limited relief overnight.
NSW Health Director of Environmental
Health, Dr Richard Broome, said people should take extra care to keep cool by staying
indoors during the heat of the day and minimising physical activity.
“Staying indoors, drinking plenty of
water and keeping exercise to a minimum can reduce the risk of heat-related
illness,” said Dr Broome.
“Even though Australians are used to
hot weather, we know that conditions like those forecast cause severe and even
“Heat puts a lot of strain on the body
and can cause dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke. It may also make
underlying conditions worse. People over the age of 75, people with chronic
conditions and those who live alone are most vulnerable.
“Signs of heat-related illness include
dizziness, tiredness, irritability, thirst, fainting, muscle pains or cramps, rapid
pulse, shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.”
Simple precautions can reduce the risk
of heat-related illness:
“It’s important to get to a cool place
quickly if symptoms occur. People showing severe signs of heat-related illness
should seek urgent medical attention, in an emergency situation call Triple
Zero (000),” Dr Broome said.
can be found at the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat