It’s the heatwave we’ve been expecting but it seems this one isn’t going to affect just the Riverina. Due to the extreme heat the “heatwave action plan” has been activated. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that temps that temps are to exceed 44c in many parts of the Riverina.
The NSW Police Force released this statement yesterday;
And essential energy has cancelled any planned power outages for the time being to focus on making sure power doesn’t go out unexpectedly.
NSW Health has also advised people on what to do in this horrible heat;
- Staying well hydrated;
- Avoiding alcohol and hot or sugary drinks;
- Limiting your physical activity; and,
- Trying to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
If you can, it's a good idea to spend some time in an air-conditioned building.
Everyone needs to take care in hot weather but some people are at higher risk of heat illness, especially if they are older, live alone or are socially-isolated.
Signs of heat-related illness include confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, weakness, headaches and loss of sweating.
People showing any of these signs should seek urgent medical attention through their GP or local emergency department.
NSW Health also recommends the following actions during extreme heat conditions:
- Check on the welfare of older people or neighbours living alone
- Keep the sun out by shading windows with curtains, blinds or closing shutters.
- Keep windows closed during the day until it cools down and in early morning. If you don’t have an air-conditioner, try to spend time in an air-conditioned place like a shopping centre, library or cinema.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton.
- When outdoors, stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
For more information on how to stay cool, hydrated and keep you, your pets and elderly neighbours safe vist the Beat the Heat website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/…/beatthehe…/Pages/default.aspx