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Hot Tuesday – stay cool in the extreme heat

Heat Health Districts and Health Alert thresholds

Heat Health Districts and Health Alert thresholds


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.
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February 21, 2016 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Heatwaves and Victoria’s Heat Health Alert warning system

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As January maximum temperatures spike into the high 30s and low 40s (degrees Celsius) and minimum overnight temperatures approach 30 degrees, we have had our first Heat Health alert issued by the Victorian Department of Health for 2015.

On Friday 2 January 2015 heatwave conditions enveloped much of southeast Australia with temperatures reaching 43.3C in Adelaide and 38.7C in Melbourne.

Overnight temperatures on Friday night (2 January) hovered about 30 degrees in Melbourne and 24.5C in Adelaide. These minimum temperatures are more than enough to disrupt sleep adding to heat stress and associated heat-related health emergencies. (see Grunstein, Too Hot to Sleep? Here’s why, The Conversation, 8 January 2013).

Although Melbourne was predicted to exceed 40C on Saturday (3 January) the temperature only reached 37.7C at 3.30pm. That afternoon a storm front brought some rain and relief, a cool change plunging the mercury just before 6pm.
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January 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm 7 comments


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