The Heatwave Action Plan has been activated following the prediction of heatwave conditions across NSW, with temperatures predicted to exceed 40 degrees.
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that temperatures on the Central Coast will reach at least high 30’s, with overnight temperatures remaining high until the end of the weekend.
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. Those with certain medical conditions will also need to be cautious about fluid loss.
NSW Health has advised people should take simple precautions to ensure they stay healthy in the heat by;
• Staying well hydrated;
• Avoiding alcohol and hot or sugary drinks;
• Limiting your physical activity;
• 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.
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:
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton.
- When outdoors, stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
- 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 in early morning and during the day- until it cools down.
- If you don’t have air-conditioning at home, try to spend time in an air-conditioned areas like a shopping centre, library or cinema.
As the weather heats up motorists also reminded that it is not just an offence for children, the elderly or pets to be left unattended in vehicles, it can be deadly.
Livestock and pet owners are also being urged to ensure adequate clean water is always available and that shading is provided where possible.
Additionally, no animals should be left in confined, unventilated areas.
Intensive large animal holdings, including poultry and piggeries should ensure cooling and watering systems are functioning and backup plans are in place in case of system failures.
Transport for New South Wales is also advising commuters to avoid travelling during the hottest parts of the day, carry water with you, and if you feel unwell, don't board the train, bus, light rail or ferry.
For more, see the Beat the Heat website.
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