Hot weather ahead

AS THE Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicts the mercury to rise well above 30 degrees today, Clarence Valley residents are advised to take care when heading out and about in humid conditions.

The bureau has also issued a UV alert which extends between 9am and 4.10pm today. The UV Index is predicted to reach 10, (very high).

Hot weather can cause extreme dehydration in people and animals.

If you are heading outdoor today, remember to take fresh water with you, dress in light, loose fitting clothing and wear sunscreen and a suitable hat. If possible, organise your day to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (11am - 3.30pm).

If you need to undertake strenuous activities outdoors, wait until the temperature has lowered sufficiently before you start.

In humid condition, children under the age of two, the elderly and people suffering from heart or kidney problems are the most at risk of suffering heat exhaustion.

A person suffering heat stroke must be taken immediately to a cool place, given plenty of water to drink and be stripped of any excess clothing. Without treatment, they are at risk of suffering from heatstroke, a serious condition which can result in loss of consciousness.

If a person is badly affected by the heat, call for medical assistance immediately.

The temperature across the Clarence Valley is expected to cool after 3.30pm.

Weather updates can be viewed online at bom.gov.au.



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