Heatwave action plan activated
WITH severe temperatures predicted the the Clarence Valley this weekend, NSW Police have activated their Heatwave Action Plan.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast maximum temperatures of 41°C and 42°C on Saturday and Sunday in Grafton and 33°C and 32°C in Yamba, with overnight temperatures remaining high through to the end of the weekend.
NSW Health has warned that heat is a silent killer, and everyone needs to take care in hot weather.
"Some people are at higher risk of heat illness, especially if they are older, live alone or are socially-isolated," A NSW Health spokesperson said.
"Signs of heat-related illness include confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, weakness, headaches and loss of sweating.
"People showing any of these signs should seek urgent medical attention through their GP or local emergency department."
NSW Health also recommends the following actions during extreme heat conditions:
. Check on the welfare of older people or neighbours living alone
. Keep the sun out by shading windows with curtains, blinds or closing shutters.
. Keep windows closed during the day until it cools down and in early morning. If you don't have an air-conditioner, try to spend time in an air-conditioned place like a shopping centre, library or cinema.
. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton.
. When outdoors, stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
NSW Health has advised people should take simple precautions to ensure they stay healthy in the heat by;
. Staying well hydrated;
. Avoiding alcohol and hot or sugary drinks;
. Limiting your physical activity; and,
. Trying to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
"If you can, it's a good idea to spend some time in an air-conditioned building," the spokesperson said.