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Health alert for Goulburn Valley

Victoria’s chief health officer has issued an alert to Goulburn Valley residents with temperatures expected to rise above 40°C on the weekend.

February 1, 2014 5:48am

Summer scorcher: A health alert has been issued across the Goulburn Valley with extreme heat forecast this weekend.


 

Dr Rosemary Lester issued the health alert for the Northern Country region — which includes Shepparton — yesterday.

‘‘Heatwaves can affect anybody and cause illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke, which may be fatal,’’ Dr Lester said.

‘‘The most important things to remember are to keep cool, drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun and look after yourself and others.’’

The Bureau of Meterology is predicting the mercury will rise to a top of 41°C today and drop to a low of 21°C.

Tomorrow, the bureau says it will be hot and sunny with a maximum of 43°C and low of 24°C and on Monday high temperatures will continue with a top of 40°C predicted along with the chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Some relief is expected on Tuesday, with the bureau predicting temperatures reaching a high of 31°C and a low of 16°C.

The Victorian Health Department urges people to keep a watch out for family, friends and neighbours, especially those most at risk in a heatwave.

Dr Lester said people most at risk were those aged over 65, especially those living alone; people who had a medical condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness; people taking medications that might affect the way the body reacted to heat such as allergy medicines, blood pressure and heart medicines, seizure medicines, water pills, antidepressants or antipsychotics; people with drug and alcohol problems; people with a disability who could not communicate their discomfort or thirst; overweight or obese people; breastfeeding mothers; and those who worked outdoors.

 

For more information, visit www.health.vic.gov.au

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