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Extreme heat warning

By 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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30 Responses to Extreme heat warning
#1
Martlark4:47 pm, 11 Jan 14

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.

#2
wildturkeycanoe6:43 pm, 11 Jan 14

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!!

#3
ScienceRules9:22 pm, 11 Jan 14

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.

#4
Masquara9:42 am, 12 Jan 14

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

#5
Masquara9:44 am, 12 Jan 14

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?

#6
Thumper10:20 am, 12 Jan 14

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…

#7
Mr Evil11:13 am, 12 Jan 14

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…..

#8
maxblues11:32 am, 12 Jan 14

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

#9
switch11:34 am, 12 Jan 14

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?

#10
Mr Evil12:02 pm, 12 Jan 14

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.

#11
ScienceRules1:04 pm, 12 Jan 14

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…

#12
EvanJames2:33 pm, 12 Jan 14

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.

#13
c_c™2:44 pm, 12 Jan 14

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.

#14
gazket3:32 pm, 12 Jan 14

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.

#15
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:04 pm, 12 Jan 14

CLIMATE CHANGE IS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#16
Mr Evil5:03 pm, 12 Jan 14

Does this mean that if I look up into the sky on Wednesday/Thursday and see high altitude vapour trails forming behind aircraft flying over Canberra – then it really does prove that they are population/mind control chemtrails, and simply not condensation as some people would have us all believe?

Where’s the health warning on that one, Mr Kelly – or are you a part of the whole conspiracy????

#17
JessP5:29 pm, 12 Jan 14

Bwah ha ha

These warning remind me of the new Aussie citizen neighbours (hailing for the UK) we had in the 1970′s. Hearing it was going to be a particularly hot Summers day they opened all the windows, curtains and doors to allow the hot air to escape. Parents had to explain that the reverse was necessary for hot hot weather….

#18
JessP5:30 pm, 12 Jan 14

Bwah ha ha

These warning remind me of the new Aussie citizen neighbours (hailing from the UK) we had in the 1970′s. Hearing it was going to be a particularly hot Summers day they opened all the windows, curtains and doors to allow the hot air to escape. Parents had to explain that the reverse was necessary for hot hot weather….

#19
Growling Ferret8:50 am, 13 Jan 14

I used to laugh at the warning, but after helping an old bloke and his wife who broke down yesterday, I realised oldies don’t deal with the heat well at all.

They were sitting in the car waiting for help in full sun, in 35 degrees, in ‘old person polyester’ everything. The old lass was extremely relieved when I offered her a cold bottle of water.

#20
Deref11:12 am, 13 Jan 14

Growling Ferret said :

I used to laugh at the warning, but after helping an old bloke and his wife who broke down yesterday, I realised oldies don’t deal with the heat well at all.

They were sitting in the car waiting for help in full sun, in 35 degrees, in ‘old person polyester’ everything. The old lass was extremely relieved when I offered her a cold bottle of water.

Well done, that ferret.

Mr Evil said :

Does this mean that if I look up into the sky on Wednesday/Thursday and see high altitude vapour trails forming behind aircraft flying over Canberra – then it really does prove that they are population/mind control chemtrails, and simply not condensation as some people would have us all believe?

Where’s the health warning on that one, Mr Kelly – or are you a part of the whole conspiracy????

:D I have a wide selection of shiny hats that are guaranteed to protect you from both chemtrails and space rays! One size fits all!

#21
Thumper12:08 pm, 13 Jan 14

Growling Ferret said :

I used to laugh at the warning, but after helping an old bloke and his wife who broke down yesterday, I realised oldies don’t deal with the heat well at all.

They were sitting in the car waiting for help in full sun, in 35 degrees, in ‘old person polyester’ everything. The old lass was extremely relieved when I offered her a cold bottle of water.

A good deed indeed!

#22
Jivrashia1:28 pm, 13 Jan 14

JessP said :

had to explain that the reverse was necessary for hot hot weather….

I’m still trying to convince my (1st gen. migrant) parents that

THEY’RE DOING IT WRONG.

#23
Deref3:54 pm, 13 Jan 14

Jivrashia said :

JessP said :

had to explain that the reverse was necessary for hot hot weather….

I’m still trying to convince my (1st gen. migrant) parents that

THEY’RE DOING IT WRONG.

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

#24
johnboy3:59 pm, 13 Jan 14

Generally when a pom’s house is too hot it’s been caused by their heating efforts.

Opening the windows is a safety valve of sorts.

Just block headed refusal to think here.

#25
Skidbladnir4:37 pm, 13 Jan 14

Deref said :

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

The hot house problem is self inflicted in the UK, where the Summer occasional peak is about 25C (30 in London) so people tend to think “Summer is rainy and pleasantly warm, open a window and embrace this cooling breeze” instead of “Summer is when the roads melt and everything that isn’t asbestos catches on fire, maybe a wind that evaporates the moisture off my eyes is a bad thing to let into the house”.

IE: if the (ordinarily well insulated) house is hot, you’ve got the heating up too high so you need to open a window to “let some cool in” and it all balances out.

English bloody mindedness at its finest.

#26
Thumper6:55 pm, 13 Jan 14

Skidbladnir said :

Deref said :

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

The hot house problem is self inflicted in the UK, where the Summer occasional peak is about 25C (30 in London) so people tend to think “Summer is rainy and pleasantly warm, open a window and embrace this cooling breeze” instead of “Summer is when the roads melt and everything that isn’t asbestos catches on fire, maybe a wind that evaporates the moisture off my eyes is a bad thing to let into the house”.

IE: if the (ordinarily well insulated) house is hot, you’ve got the heating up too high so you need to open a window to “let some cool in” and it all balances out.

English bloody mindedness at its finest.

Put simply, England is really not that hot. Although London is unpleasant in anything over 25-26 degrees C, it’s still not hot.

Australia is.

#27
Woody Mann-Caruso8:25 am, 15 Jan 14

Masquara said :

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

This man has a different opinion:

In 2009 there were 3 days of consecutive 40 degree temperatures. This is pretty significant given there have only been 11 days above 40 in Canberra’s history. Seven of those has occurred in the last 5 years. The 1979 heat wave was significant because it had five consecutive days in excess of 37 degrees. Hottest day on record is 42.2 and was recorded back in 1968.

(Feel free to squirm and backpedal that you only said 100oF and that’s only 37oC and you didn’t mean to imply that it wasn’t really, seriously, unseasonably f*cking hot)

#28
housebound9:32 am, 15 Jan 14

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Masquara said :

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

This man has a different opinion:

In 2009 there were 3 days of consecutive 40 degree temperatures. This is pretty significant given there have only been 11 days above 40 in Canberra’s history. Seven of those has occurred in the last 5 years. The 1979 heat wave was significant because it had five consecutive days in excess of 37 degrees. Hottest day on record is 42.2 and was recorded back in 1968.

(Feel free to squirm and backpedal that you only said 100oF and that’s only 37oC and you didn’t mean to imply that it wasn’t really, seriously, unseasonably f*cking hot)

Canberra usually has a week that gets a bit hot. You know you’ve really lived (or not) when you’ve worked outside through a couple of weeks of over 40. At least it usually cools down overnight here.

I don’t mind the heat. A certain 44 degree New Year’s Day comes to mind as being a bit much. Anything below 18 Celsius or so is freezing. And no, I don’t like Canberra’s climate at all.

#29
Deref10:27 am, 15 Jan 14

Skidbladnir said :

Deref said :

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

The hot house problem is self inflicted in the UK, where the Summer occasional peak is about 25C (30 in London) so people tend to think “Summer is rainy and pleasantly warm, open a window and embrace this cooling breeze” instead of “Summer is when the roads melt and everything that isn’t asbestos catches on fire, maybe a wind that evaporates the moisture off my eyes is a bad thing to let into the house”.

IE: if the (ordinarily well insulated) house is hot, you’ve got the heating up too high so you need to open a window to “let some cool in” and it all balances out.

English bloody mindedness at its finest.

:-) Thanks. I understand.

#30
maxblues10:45 am, 15 Jan 14

housebound said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Masquara said :

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

This man has a different opinion:

In 2009 there were 3 days of consecutive 40 degree temperatures. This is pretty significant given there have only been 11 days above 40 in Canberra’s history. Seven of those has occurred in the last 5 years. The 1979 heat wave was significant because it had five consecutive days in excess of 37 degrees. Hottest day on record is 42.2 and was recorded back in 1968.

(Feel free to squirm and backpedal that you only said 100oF and that’s only 37oC and you didn’t mean to imply that it wasn’t really, seriously, unseasonably f*cking hot)

Canberra usually has a week that gets a bit hot. You know you’ve really lived (or not) when you’ve worked outside through a couple of weeks of over 40. At least it usually cools down overnight here.

I don’t mind the heat. A certain 44 degree New Year’s Day comes to mind as being a bit much. Anything below 18 Celsius or so is freezing. And no, I don’t like Canberra’s climate at all.

Suck it up, Canberra…45C in Adelaide today and over 40C pretty much all week (but I guess they do have beaches). I did see some brave/desperate souls swimming in Lake Ginninderra yesterday…then again I was desperate enough to swim in the Murray, when the water was almost green.

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