A heatwave is a period of excessively hot and uncomfortable weather that has the potential to affect human health, community infrastructure and services.
You should respond in accordance with your heat plan.
The following advice is from The Department of Health - visit www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/heatwaves.
Preparing for hot weather
- Stay up to date with weather forecasts and warnings at http://www.bom.gov.au
- Check that fans and air-conditioners are in working order
- Stock up on food, water and medicines
- Install blinds or curtains on the sides of your house that face the afternoon sun
Coping with the heat
- Drink plenty of water - even if you don't feel thirsty
- Look after yourself and keep in touch with those you know that are sick or frail
- Keep cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cold water and taking cool (not cold) showers
- Keep your home cool by keeping curtains and blinds closed
- Stay out of the sun, or stay in the shade if you need to be outside
- Avoid strenuous activity such as sport, home renovations or gardening
- Eat smaller meals more often such as salads and cold meats
- Ensure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored
- Keep children and pets out of the sun and never leave them in parked vehicles
Forecasts and current temperatures are available from the Bureau of Meteorology website at http://www.bom.gov.au.