Heat Health Alert - Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December

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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Department of Health & Human Services has issued a heat health alert for tomorrow Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2018.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast extreme heat conditions that may impact on human health for the City of Whittlesea, located in the central weather district, for Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2018.

This alert has been issued to allow you to make any preparations necessary to respond to heatwave conditions given the many impacts hot weather can have on your health.

While this forecast may change, we urge all residents to be aware of the predicted hot weather and to take appropriate actions to look after themselves, others and their pets in the heat.

In particular:

  • Plan ahead and think about where you can go when the heat hits
  • Extreme heat can kill. Heat-related illness can range from a rash or cramps to very serious conditions such as heat stroke, which is potentially fatal
  • Those most at risk are people aged over 65, particularly those living alone, the very young and those with a pre-existing medical condition
  • Don’t leave people in a hot, parked car, especially children. Don’t leave pets in a hot, parked car. There are no excuses and no exceptions
  • Stay healthy, drink plenty of water and keep cool
  • Download the Better Health Channel app, switch on the ‘hot water weather alert’ and follow the information provided to protect yourself and your loved ones during hot weather
  • For health concerns see your doctor or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24
  • All current heat health alerts are online.

For more information on how to better cope with heatwave conditions, visit our Staying safe in the heat page.

All forecasts and current temperatures are available from the Bureau of Meteorology website.