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Hot and sticky conditions to continue

POSTED: 
28 January 2018

Victorians are in for another hot and humid day and a restless night ahead, but the concern for emergency services is the effect of the heat on vulnerable people.

Melbourne is expecting 39 today, while in northern Victoria temperatures could rise to 45 degrees. A change is not expected to pass through the state until Monday afternoon.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said high humidity was uncomfortable but extreme heat could have a serious impact on people.

“Today is going to be very hot and it will stay hot overnight – in Melbourne we expect 27 overnight tonight. While humidity is uncomfortable, it’s the high temperature that can impact on people’s health,” he said.

“While it’s tempting to spend time outdoors, extreme heat can lead to heat illness and the heat can make anyone sick.

“Make sure you check in on family, friends and neighbours, young children and people who have a pre-existing medical condition, as they are vulnerable in relentless heat.

“Hot and crowded places can increase the risk of experiencing heat illness. To those at large events – take care. Spend time in the shade and drink plenty of water.

“If you’re planning on cooling off with a swim, make sure it’s at patrolled beaches, ensure you can identify rips and know what to do if you get caught in one.

“Our paramedics, emergency medical response firefighters and first aiders are all ready to respond, however heat health is sometimes a very silent killer so the best treatment is to act now.”

The cool change will pass through the state on Monday, and will see temperatures drop around 10 degrees. The change will start in the west around midday, reaching Melbourne around 4pm, and moving to the north east around midnight. It could still be humid following the change.

Victorians can get emergency information from a number of sources including the VicEmergency app, visiting emergency.vic.gov.au, tuning in  to ABC radio or emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV or by phoning  the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and following VicEmergency on Facebook or Twitter.