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Heatwave

Heatwaves

What is a Heatwave?

In Victoria, a heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could negatively affect human health and community infrastructure, such as the power supply and public transport.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Heatwave Service for Australia defines a heatwave as 'three days or more of high maximum and minimum temperatures that are unusual for that location'.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology's Heatwave Page for more information.

Heat Health Alerts

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified the temperature thresholds in Victoria where heat related illnesses increase substantially. The mean threshold temperature for the South West weather district is 30°C.

The mean threshold is determined where the average of the daily maximum temperature and the overnight minimum temperature of the following day is calculated at 30°C or greater.

The DHHS Chief Health Officer of Victoria will issue a heat health alert to organisations including local governments when the Bureau of Meteorology predicts temperature thresholds will be reached or exceeded.

You can personally receive a heat health alert notification from DHHS via email when you subscribe to the heat health alert system.

What does Glenelg Shire Council do when a heat health alert has been issued?

We have a Heatwave Response Plan. The plan includes notifying service providers, agencies and established community group organisations that interact with people who may be vulnerable to heat-related illnesses when a heat health alert has been issued.

Council's Heatwave plan is currently being reviewed.

Dealing with Heatwaves

Exposure to extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sometimes death. The most important things to do during periods of extreme heat are:

• Keep cool
• Drink plenty of water
• Stay out of the sun
• Look after yourself and others
• Make sure your pets receive plenty of clean, fresh water and have somewhere cool and shady to rest during high
temperatures.

Health Concerns

If you are concerned that someone may be suffering a heat-related illness, encourage them to see their doctor or call an ambulance on 000 or 106 for people with a hearing or speech problem.

You may also cal Nurse-on-Call on 1300 606 024 for 24 hour health advice.

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