Heatwave Watch and Act for Upper Gascoyne

Published on Friday, 19 January 2024 at 5:18:59 PM

HEATWAVE WARNING FOR INLAND GASCOYNE & MURCHISON THIS WEEKEND including Meekatharra and Upper Gascoyne Communities
Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21
Extreme heatwaves can be dangerous for everyone. Severe heatwaves can be dangerous for many people, especially older people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with medical conditions and people who are unwell. Seek a place to keep cool, such as your home or airconditioned community facilities. Close your windows and draw blinds, curtains or awnings early in the day to keep the heat out of your home.
Maximum temperatures mainly in the mid forties, reaching the high forties over parts of the Pilbara and adjacent northern Gascoyne are expected by the weekend. Overnight minimum temperatures ranging from the high twenties to low thirties are also predicted. Extreme heatwave conditions building over the western Pilbara and adjacent northern Gascoyne will extend into parts of the Goldfields and South Interior districts over coming days before gradually easing next week.
Please ensure you take steps to keep safe;
• Stay hydrated
• Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
• Apply sunscreen regularly
• Limit your time outdoors
• Wear lightweight, light-coloured and loose-fitting clothing
• Sleep with just a sheet in the coolest part of the house
• If able, close your blinds
• Never leave a person or pet in a closed car
• Seek a place to keep cool
• If available, use fans or air-conditioners
• Wrap medications needing refrigeration in foil or heat repellent containers with an icepack to keep them cool if there is a power outage.
• If you have an acute or chronic medical condition, it’s especially important that you take steps to stay safe.
For further information please refer to the advice from the HealthyWA website https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/.../Heatwave-be-prepared...

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