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NSW Heatwave warning

December 7, 2023 8:39 am in by

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heatwave temperatures for much of NSW over the coming days.

The Southern Highlands is predicted to reach 33 on Saturday while the Shoalhaven is bracing for 39 degrees.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging those that live or are visiting bush fire prone areas to know the Fire Danger Rating and have a plan of action in the event a bush or grass fire threatens.

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Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking Hazards Near Me app, the RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au,

NSW Health warns heatwaves can be dangerous for everyone’s health, but some people are more vulnerable including people over 65 years old, babies and young children, people with certain medical conditions, people who work outside, pregnant women, people who live alone or are socially isolated and people who are homeless.

There are a few simple things you can do to stay safe in a heatwave:

Avoid being outdoors in the hottest part of the day.

Keep your home cooler by using air-conditioning or electric fans and closing doors, windows, blinds, and curtains.

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Limit your physical activity to early in the morning when it’s coolest.

Stay hydrated by drinking water regularly. If your doctor has restricted your fluid intake, ask them about how much you should drink when it is hot.

When outdoors, apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses and a wide brim hat to protect your eyes, face, and scalp

Seek out cool places or air-conditioned public facilities in your local area, if you can safely travel without getting too hot

It is also important to recognise the signs of heat-related illness.

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NSW Ambulance urge people in fire affected areas to wear any form of eyewear and loose clothing to cover your skin to assist in reducing any incidental injury.

If you sustain an injury or illness from heat or fire or if there is an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

For updated weather forecasts and warnings visit: www.bom.gov.au.

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