Stay cool as weather nears 40 degrees

Published on 04 January 2019

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Parts of Corangamite Shire are forecast to reach 39 degrees today and Mayor Neil Trotter encouraged residents to take precautions and look out for their neighbours.

“Extreme heat can affect anybody and can potentially cause heat exhaustion, or heatstroke, which can be deadly 80% of cases,” Cr Trotter said.

“Older people, young children and people with a medical condition are most at risk so look out for people you know in those categories.

“Carry a bottle of water with you and drink regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty.”

Cr Trotter recommended people keep an eye on the forecasts throughout summer and dress appropriately in light, loose clothing as the mercury rises.

“It’s wise to plan ahead so you can do physical work or exercise in the coolest part of the day, seek out air-conditioning when you can, and never leave children or animals in cars.”

Cr Trotter encouraged residents to check in on anyone they know who lived alone and might not have anybody else to check on them.

“If anyone shows signs of heatstroke—headache, dizziness, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea and vomiting, a racing heartbeat, rapid, shallow breathing or a lack of sweating despite the heat—call Triple 0 straight away.”

For more information go to https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/survive-the-heat.