Any way you look at it, things are heating up around here…
After the Central Coast sweated through the hottest night on record just recently, and had a run of stinkers of days, we’re in for it again this weekend:
[Image credit: bom.gov.au]
Last month Gosford had the hottest night since the bureau of meteorology started keeping records (back in 1965).
The lowest overnight temperature was recorded just before 1am on January 18th with a ‘minimum’ of 27.6°c, before the temperature soared to 34.7°c at 3am that morning.
Record temperatures are also pushing up water usage across the coast. A problem in an area with renowned water storage/restrictions problems.
Mangrove Creek Dam is currently 73% full, Mardi Dam is just over 47%, and Mooney Mooney Dam a little low at 38.7% capacity.
Central Coast Council says we’ve used almost 800 Megalitres (ML) of water in the past month, the highest usage rate since January 2014 (the fifth warmest summer on record for Australia).
Good news is: Coasties have been better at reducing water wastage since the last big drought. The average total use across the coast is around 70 ML a day, down from the 90 or so ML we were using at the turn of the century. Water restrictions, and individual action by consumers are being thanked for that. Back in 1985 the average daily consumption was as high as 470 litres per person, it’s now around 300 litres each daily.
On that note, you may also need to pay careful attention to your own personal waterworks…how mellow the yellow depends on dehydration:
If your No.1s matches numbers 1 to 3 above, you are properly hydrated.
You’re in trouble if your urine looks more like the bottom 4 colours, and need to increase your intake of liquids. The bottom 2 take top priority!
NOTE: Some vitamin supplements, like vitamin B, can change the colour of your wee. And just how much water you need also depends on your body weight, best bet is to check the bowl before flushing to keep an eye on it.
The hot weather has prompted Alzheimer’s Australia to ask us to check in on elderly friends, relatives and neighbours during the extreme heat, in particular people living with dementia who may need extra support during the hot weather.
And don’t forget the pets!
Star104.5 resident Vet Dr Claire’s crew at the Animal Referral Hospital at West Gosford are on call 24/7 to help with any questions about signs or symptoms of heat stroke in animals; not taking proper precautions ahead of the heat or leaving it too long can mean the difference between life and death of your pet.
Signs of heat stroke in pets include excessive panting, drooling, raised temperature, little or no urination, black tarry stools, very red gums and soft tissue, wobbliness or lethargy. Short nosed breeds are most susceptible, as are dogs with thick or double coats.
At the top end of the Coast, the friendly folk at Doyalson Animal Hospital are also on hand to help with any questions about the best way to keep your pet cool on these really hot days (and nights); tips include:
- Provide plenty of water inside and out
- Fill up a child’s paddling pool for your pet (or kids) to sit in
- Freeze some big ice blocks to drop into the dog’s bowl
- Ensure there is adequate shade
- In an emergency seek assistance sooner rather than later
And tradies, farm folk, or anyone who likes to hook a dog on the back of a ute, consider how long you could stand on hot metal or in full sun…
Listen to Star104.5 for weather updates and any emergency information if and as it arises.