There’s an autumn heatwave in parts of Australia. Here’s how to protect yourself in intense heat

As areas of the nation prepare for an autumn heatwave, Australians are being warned about the risks of extended heat exposure and how to recognize the symptoms of heat stroke. In five states, high 30s to low 40s are predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for Saturday and Sunday. An Australian National University researcher concluded in a 2020 study that although 473 heat-related deaths were officially recorded in Australia between 2001 and 2008, the genuine association might be calculated at 36,000 deaths between 2006 and 2017.


Melbourne is expected to experience a 39°C Saturday, while Adelaide may get a 40°C day. A maximum temperature of 33C might be exceptionally warm in Hobart, while 31C could be reached in Canberra. In addition, warm overnight minimum temperatures are predicted for a large portion of Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia. With a maximum temperature of 32C, temperatures in the Top End are predicted to stay warm. Perth’s maximum temperature is expected to be 27C, while Sydney and Brisbane are expected to see slightly milder highs of 29C. Much of the country will continue to have warm weather on Sunday, with maximum temperatures expected to reach 38C in Adelaide and Melbourne.


Long-term exposure to high temperatures strains the body severely and increases the risk of developing a number of heat-related ailments, from heat stroke to dehydration. Dr. James Smallcombe, a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s Heat and Health Research Incubator, stated that understanding the distinction between heat exhaustion and heat stroke is crucial. He noted that many individuals mistakenly refer to heat exhaustion as “heat stroke.” The warning indications of heat exhaustion, which can occur in quite mild conditions, include lethargy, headaches, and slight nausea. Smallcombe, on the other hand, asserted that heat stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the core body temperature rises above 40C.


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