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Heat Alert

Swan Hill District Health - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Heat Alert

The Department of Health and Human services have issued a heat health alert status for the Mallee area.

The department has identified temperature thresholds for Victoria above which heat-related illness and mortality increases substantially.

Bureau of Meteorology  forecast 

Thu 25th Jan  Fri 26th Jan   Sat 27th Jan Sun 28th Jan
Mallee Near threshold Above threshold Above threshold Above threshold

Recognising heat-related illness

Heat can cause illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to the life-threatening condition, heatstroke. Heatstroke is fatal in up to 80% of cases.

Heat can also worsen the condition of someone who already has a medical issue such as heart disease or diabetes. Most reported illness and death is due to the effect of heat on those who are already ill.

If you or someone you know is unwell call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 for 24-hour health advice or see your doctor.

In an emergency, call 000. 

 

More information

Victorian seven-day forecasts - Bureau of Meteorology
VicEmergency
Power outage guide - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Live public transport updates - Public Transport Victoria
Survive the heat - Better Health Channel
Better Health Channel smartphone app
Caring for animals in hot conditions - Agriculture Victoria
Other resources on health.vic

 

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