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Extreme heat warning

By johnboy - 10 January 2014 30

The Health High Command are warning that it’s going to be bonkers hot next week and that might kill you:

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.

“It is very important for people to be aware of the cumulative health impacts that heatwaves can have on individuals, their families and their neighbours and to plan for measures that can mitigate the adverse health impacts of extreme heat,” Dr Kelly said.

“The elderly, young children and babies are most at risk during extreme heat events.

“People with illness and chronic conditions may also need extra monitoring and care in these conditions.

“It’s important to prepare for hot conditions by staying well hydrated and keeping out of the heat in the hottest parts of the day. If you can’t avoid going outdoors, do it for limited periods and wear a loose fitting long-sleeved shirt, a hat and apply plenty of sunscreen. Check regularly on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours,” Dr Kelly concluded.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit: http://health.act.gov.au/health-services/population-health/summer-safety/your-guide-to-summer-safety.

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Extreme heat warning
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Martlark 4:47 pm
11 Jan 14
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It’s funny because death date statistics quite clearly show way more people die in Winter than Summer. We should be having warnings about keeping warm instead.

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wildturkeycanoe 6:43 pm
11 Jan 14
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So, where is the warning for the folks who go out to the lake and drink heaps of beer, whilst wearing sleeveless shirts and eat only fatty and salt-filled foods during a BBQ?
What about those attending the cricket and spend all day in the sun, getting burnt because they couldn’t afford premium seats in the shade, couldn’t afford to buy drinks from the ground but weren’t allowed to bring any in because of the entry rules [ Permitted items – Unopened Non-alcoholic beverages at or less than 600 ml]?
We’d also better warn people about leaving their pets, children and/or friends in vehicles too, as they will cook within minutes.
There won’t be any wind, so lots of water internally and externally [pool, bathtub or very big bucket] might be a good way out, unless you can get to the lake and have a swim.
Personally, I will be sitting inside with my A/C running flat out, then go outside to warm up enough to go for a swim in the pool. Then I’ll go back inside to catch up on the cricket score and repeat the procedure. Mix that with a few beers and I think I’ll survive the heatwave easily.
C’mon Aussie c’mon, c’mon!!

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ScienceRules 9:22 pm
11 Jan 14
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wildturkeycanoe said :

So, where is the warning for the folks who go out to the lake and drink heaps of beer, whilst wearing sleeveless shirts and eat only fatty and salt-filled foods during a BBQ?
What about those attending the cricket and spend all day in the sun, getting burnt because they couldn’t afford premium seats in the shade, couldn’t afford to buy drinks from the ground but weren’t allowed to bring any in because of the entry rules [ Permitted items – Unopened Non-alcoholic beverages at or less than 600 ml]?
We’d also better warn people about leaving their pets, children and/or friends in vehicles too, as they will cook within minutes.
There won’t be any wind, so lots of water internally and externally [pool, bathtub or very big bucket] might be a good way out, unless you can get to the lake and have a swim.
Personally, I will be sitting inside with my A/C running flat out, then go outside to warm up enough to go for a swim in the pool. Then I’ll go back inside to catch up on the cricket score and repeat the procedure. Mix that with a few beers and I think I’ll survive the heatwave easily.
C’mon Aussie c’mon, c’mon!!

And once again using the “logic” for which he’s justifiably reknown, WTC shores up his reputation as a massive tool.

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Masquara 9:42 am
12 Jan 14
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39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

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Masquara 9:44 am
12 Jan 14
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ScienceRules said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

So, where is the warning for the folks who go out to the lake and drink heaps of beer, whilst wearing sleeveless shirts and eat only fatty and salt-filled foods during a BBQ?
What about those attending the cricket and spend all day in the sun, getting burnt because they couldn’t afford premium seats in the shade, couldn’t afford to buy drinks from the ground but weren’t allowed to bring any in because of the entry rules [ Permitted items – Unopened Non-alcoholic beverages at or less than 600 ml]?
We’d also better warn people about leaving their pets, children and/or friends in vehicles too, as they will cook within minutes.
There won’t be any wind, so lots of water internally and externally [pool, bathtub or very big bucket] might be a good way out, unless you can get to the lake and have a swim.
Personally, I will be sitting inside with my A/C running flat out, then go outside to warm up enough to go for a swim in the pool. Then I’ll go back inside to catch up on the cricket score and repeat the procedure. Mix that with a few beers and I think I’ll survive the heatwave easily.
C’mon Aussie c’mon, c’mon!!

And once again using the “logic” for which he’s justifiably reknown, WTC shores up his reputation as a massive tool.

And there I was thinking science had lightened up heaps. Viz “I f’ing love science”. Do you have asperger’s or something? Can’t see that this isn’t a serious post?

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Thumper 10:20 am
12 Jan 14
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Canberra? Hot in summer?

Come on……

Whatever did we do before we had governments telling us that it is hot in summer? I’m surprised people survived…

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Mr Evil 11:13 am
12 Jan 14
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Does this mean I shouldn’t wear my polar fleece jacket during the day at all this week?

Just asking, as it isn’t specifically mentioned that I shouldn’t in the above advice, and also, as I haven’t received notification from the Nanny Services in ACT Govt. advising me if Winter has officially ended yet either I’m not really sure what I should do…..

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maxblues 11:32 am
12 Jan 14
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It is a timely reminder, not to leave kids locked in the car without a cold six-pack.

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switch 11:34 am
12 Jan 14
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Thumper said :

Whatever did we do before we had governments telling us that it is hot in summer?

Drive in Corin Forest with over 1mm of snow on the road?

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Mr Evil 12:02 pm
12 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

It is a timely reminder, not to leave kids locked in the car without a cold six-pack.

..and a lighter…….in case a cool change comes through unexpectedly.

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ScienceRules 1:04 pm
12 Jan 14
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Oh good grief, why is this even an issue? It’s a perfectly legitimate thing for health authorities to do when unusual weather is afoot. It mightn’t have any effect on you personally, but knowing in advance can prompt people to put off taking granny for that picnic till next week. Or making sure the baby is covered up and the pets have water.

No, I don’t have Aspergers, just snark…

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EvanJames 2:33 pm
12 Jan 14
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ScienceRules said :

Oh good grief, why is this even an issue? It’s a perfectly legitimate thing for health authorities to do when unusual weather is afoot. It mightn’t have any effect on you personally, but knowing in advance can prompt people to put off taking granny for that picnic till next week. Or making sure the baby is covered up and the pets have water.

Agree. Many people don’t keep an eye on the weekly forecast and might have things planned that this could make upleasant or dangerous. It’s also the case that when the temperatures stay above 34c for three days or more, death rates climb. The elderly, infants and some sick people can’t adjust to hotter and colder temperatures (something to do with body electrolytes) and so are more at risk.

It’s also notable that people who trumpet their love of very hot weather often have air conditioning in their cars and homes.

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c_c™ 2:44 pm
12 Jan 14
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Martlark said :

It’s funny because death date statistics quite clearly show way more people die in Winter than Summer. We should be having warnings about keeping warm instead.

The cold doesn’t tend to be the mechanism that causes deaths in Winter, only an environmental factor that contributes, while in Summer, the heat is a direct cause of fatalities.

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gazket 3:32 pm
12 Jan 14
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obviously Dr Kelly sits in air con all day and hasn’t been in the summer heat for quite some time.It’s ot extreme 45deg + I would say is extreme

Wonder if Dr Kelly can write me a med cert and I’ll take the rest of the week off work.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:04 pm
12 Jan 14
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CLIMATE CHANGE IS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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