Thursday, 7 December 2023

This summer is predicted to be very hot. With hot weather coming, it's important to be prepared. Talk to your relatives, neighbours and friends. Have a heat plan in place to help protect you and your loved ones during the summer months.

We’re lucky on the Northern Beaches to have two aquatic centres, libraries, Manly Art Gallery & Museum and other airconditioned indoor spaces like shopping centres and cinemas where you can stay cool during the heat of the day.

High temperatures can also cause poor air quality. You may need to limit your time outdoors, especially for those who have asthma or other chronic respiratory diseases. Anyone experiencing severe respiratory distress should seek immediate medical help.

If you head to the beach, always wear sunscreen, a hat, and use an umbrella or sunshade. Listen to the lifeguards, stay safe and swim between the flags.  

NSW Health has tips to help you prepare and stay healthy in the heat. 

  • Understand your health. Your health can be affected during a heatwave, especially if you have a medical condition. Speak to your doctor and have a plan for heatwaves.
  • Know your medications. Many prescribed medications can make the risk of heat-related illness worse and most need to be stored below 25 degrees Celsius. Talk to your GP or pharmacist about correct storage temperatures.
  • Prepare your home. Check fridges, freezers, fans and air-conditioners work properly and put together a small emergency kit in case of a power failure.
  • Keep track of the weather. Regularly check the weather forecast to monitor the heat.
  • Have a heatwave preparation checklist. Consider who to call if you need help, where to find your emergency kit and being prepared for bushfires. 
  • Keep in touch. Think about friends and family who may need your help in the heat. Older people and babies and children 0-5 are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness.

For more information on preparing for heat and staying cool and hydrated when it is hot, visit NSW Health – Beat the Heat.

Make sure your pets have plenty to drink.  You can also leave out shallow containers of clean water in a shaded are for wildlife.  Visit WIRES for more information on how to support and report distressed wildlife during a heatwave.