Heatwaves are one of the most significant natural hazards facing the Australian community. Each year, extreme heat exacerbates pre-existing medical conditions and causes heat-related illness. Children, people aged over 65, those taking some medications that affect the body’s ability to cope with heat, people living alone and people who are socially isolated are among those most affected.
Heatwave forecasts can be used to better prepare for heatwave conditions and reduce the impact of heat stress on you, your family and your business.
If a heatwave is headed your way, consider the level of severity, and follow these simple steps to stay healthy:
Your doctor and local health authorities understand extreme heat and can provide more detailed advice or refer to the public health website in your State/Territory for further information.
State and Territory Health Departments