It seems the east coast of the country is experiencing the start of a three-day heatwave, with serious warnings issued for parts of north-east NSW to stay cool.
The mercury is set to hit 37 degrees in the city today with Western Sydney residents told to expect maximum temperatures of 42 degrees.
Ambulance NSW has issued the below tips:
- Try to stay out of the direct sun - this is particularly important for the elderly and very young
- Drink plenty of water and if outdoors, carry a water bottle
- Wear clothing that protects you from the sun and use sunscreen
- Never leave children or pets in the car, even for a short amount of time. Heat generated in a closed car can cause serious illness or even death
- Drinking alcohol causes dehydration and consumption should be minimised
- Drinking tea and coffee can dehydrate you further and should not replace water consumption
- Ensure heavy or strenuous activities are not undertaken during the hottest part of the day
- If you know of family, friends or neighbours who are isolated and/or alone, check on their well-being to ensure they are okay.