Heatwaves

A heatwave is an extended period of uncomfortable hot weather that can have an impact on human health, community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport), and services.

Heatwaves can affect anybody and may cause illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke which can, in some cases, be fatal.

Find out the latest temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

Tips for dealing with a heatwave

During a heatwave, remember to:

  1. Keep cool
    • stay indoors and keep blinds/curtains closed
    • avoid strenuous activities or limit these to cooler times such as in the early morning or after sunset
    • take cool showers and splash yourself with cool water regularly
    • go to air-conditioned buildings in your local area to cool off, such as a shopping centres or indoor swimming pools
  2. Drink plenty of water and eat cold foods like fruit and salad
  3. Look out for neighbours, friends and family who might be more vulnerable in the heat such as:
    • young children
    • older adults living alone
    • people with disabilities
    • people with illnesses
    • pregnant women
  4. Ensure your pets also have access to fresh cool water and plenty of shade when they are outside
  5. Never leave children, adults or animals inside parked vehicles
  6. If you do need to go outdoors, make sure you wear:
    • sunscreen on all exposed skin
    • a hat
    • sunglasses
    • light-coloured clothing

Medical assistance

If you need medical assistance, phone NURSEONCALL on 1300 606 024, or in an emergency call an ambulance on 000.

More information

Extra information, including advice in other languages, can be found on the Heatwave information and advice page on the Department of Health's website. 

Last updated: Monday, 19 September 2016, 4:06 AM