Hot Tuesday – stay cool in the extreme heat
Tuesday, February 23, is going to be very bloody hot, with Melbourne as part of the Central District now issued a heat health alert.
Three country districts had early heat health alerts issued by Vichealth: Northern, North-east, and North-central districts. On Monday Central district, including Melbourne, and South and West Gippsland had heat health alerts issued. On Monday evening Est Gippsland and North East District Heat Health alerts were issued.
Stay cool, leave out water for wildlife, and definitely don’t leave any children, pets or grandparents in the car (Definite no-no).
Bushfire risk at the moment is rated severe. A total fire ban has been issued in 8 of Victoria’s 9 districts.
The BOM heatwave prediction service for Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday:
Please take this warning seriously. The research I have seen shows that the threshold for morbidity and mortality starts for Melbourne at 28 Degrees mean daily temperature, two degrees below the level when a Heat Health alert is formally triggered. See Heatwaves and Victoria’s Heat Health Alert warning system from January 2015.
Moreland has a particularly high heat vulnerability index due to our particular social and urban geography and population demographics.