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.

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.
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.
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Seek medical advice: Heat-related illness can be life threatening. In an emergency, call 000 for help.

Find out what is happening with the weather:

Find out what is happening with fires and air quality:

Download the brochure Are you Prepared for the Heat? print version with information on:

  • who is at risk during extreme heat
  • signs of heat-related illness and what you can do
  • simple tips on what you can do to prepare for hot weather.

For more comprehensive information on extreme heat, download the booklet Guide to Coping in Extreme Heat with information on:

  • who is at risk during extreme heat
  • signs of heat-related illness and what you can do
  • checklists to help you get prepared for extreme heat, how to cope when it's hot, and how to recover from extreme heat
  • a list of important phone numbers and web addresses.

Please consider displaying this Are you prepared for the heat? poster if you have a waiting room or meeting space.

You can also download fact sheets on a variety of topics related to coping in extreme heat.

The following resources are useful for residential aged care facilities and community home service providers.

December 2018