The Chief Health Officer has issued a series of heat health alerts for this week based on the Bureau of Meteorology 7-day forecast. Monday, 14 January is expected to reach 39 degrees with Tuesday topping 41 degrees and Wednesday a blazing 43 degrees. The heat continues into Thursday which will reach 37 degrees before a cool change moves through on Friday.
The forecast conditions may cause an increase in heat related illnesses in the community.
Extreme heat can affect anyone. Pregnant women, people with a pre-existing medical condition, people aged over 65 and children and babies are most at risk.
Individuals should prepare for the heat now - heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster.
Check airconditioners and fans, make plans to avoid going out in the middle of the day. In case of power outages, have extra water stored if you rely on electricity to pump water and arrange alternative ways to stay cool.
Remember: drink more water, never leave kids, adults or pets in cars; stay cool; check on others and plan ahead.
Staying cool: The Mansfield Swimming Pool will be open extended hours due to the extreme heat on Tuesday 15 January, Wednesday 16 January and Thursday 17 January 2018 (until 8.00pm). The Mansfield Library also offers a cool place and is open 9.30am-5.30am each day.