With an ‘extreme’ UV rating forecast, Yarrawonga’s mercury is soaring with the hottest temperatures expected for the summer season to date.FIONA BLICK January 14, 2014 2:34pm
Heat well into the forties – Wednesday 43, Thursday and Friday 44 – is predicted for the next three days and only a mild reprieve on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures of 38 and 35 expected.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said this week across Victoria was going to be a very hot week and added an ominous warning about what this will hold for the immediate future.
“We will see temperatures in the 40s in most locations day after day and that brings a number of challenges,” Mr Lapsley said.
“The most important part of this week is that it is the changing point of the summer.
“This type of temperature day after day, with overnight temperatures up, will see this bake Victoria.”
He said by the end of the week, Victoria will move into a very dry situation across all districts.
“So that changes the whole story because all we need then is fire weather to come in late January, early February or through February,” Mr Lapsley said.
“And that sees us move into things that are going to be very severe for that period and that's the message I think we have to take out of this week.”
Mr Lapsley also warned people to keep safe during the heat wave.
“It's about heat fatigue, it's about the human factor about heat and how we operate and make sure we keep ourselves hydrated, cool and can think properly,” he said.
Red Cross is reminding Victorians to stay cool this week and check on neighbours during these extreme temperature days.
Emergency Services State Manager Adam Dent said there are simple steps people can take to stay healthy during the heat.
“Our advice is simple,” Mr Dent said.
“Keep out of the heat, stay cool, drink water regularly and get help if you or someone you know suffers heat-related symptoms.”
According to Mr Dent it is also important to get to know your neighbours, particularly if they are elderly.
“Stop by and make sure they know what to do to stay cool,” he said.
“You might also be able to help with drawing blinds or awnings, or doing some shopping.”
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