Extreme heat

Extreme heat

Tasmanians are used to coping with cool weather, but are typically less experienced coping with extreme heat.

Some people may experience the effects of hot weather more than others, so it's important to know what these effects are, who is at risk and what you can do.

Resources for the public

Resources for residential aged care

Bushfire and air quality information

Climate and weather outlook

Keep the following points in mind in hot weather

Stay hydrated Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty.
Faces icon Check on others: Check regularly on relatives and friends at risk, such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions.
shirt icon Clothing: Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, especially light colours that reflect the heat.
Sun icon Minimise sun: Keep out of the sun as much as possible. If you must go outside, wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and use plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF30+).
House icon Prepare your house: If you have a fan or air-conditioner, make sure it is working (and set to cool). If you do not have a fan or air-conditioner, open doors and windows where safe to do so. Draw blinds and curtains to keep out the heat during the day.
Pet icon Pets: Make sure your pets are kept out of the sun and have plenty of cool water to drink. Avoid exercising your dog in the heat of the day.
Stethoscope icon Seek medical advice: Heat-related illness can be life threatening. In an emergency, call 000 for help.

December 2018