Heatwave Warning

Heatwave Warning


Tuesday 12 February 2013

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As the temperature is set to exceed 38C over the next 3 days, Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Richard Choong has advised people—especially children and the elderly—to take appropriate precautions to prevent heat-related illness.

 

According to the Weather Bureau, Perth’s weather is set to reach 41C today and tomorrow, before cooling down to 29C on Thursday.

 

“It is important people adjust their day-to-day activities in accordance with the extreme weather conditions we’re currently experiencing,” Dr Choong said.

 

“Heatwaves can have serious health effects due to heatstroke and dehydration, or can lead to physical accidents as more and more people turn to our waterways to keep cool.

 

“The AMA (WA) asks that you look out for your elderly neighbours and relatives, as well as children as the temperature hits 40C as predicted over the next couple of days.

 

“Don’t forget to provide extra water for your four-legged friends as well,” Dr Choong said.

 

As the nation sweltered throughout January, the AMA, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), and the Climate Commission issued a warning about the health effects of heatwaves, which stated:

 

Heat is the silent killer.  Most Australians do not realise that heat is the leading cause of weather-related death.

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