It may be spring, but parts of Eastern Australia are braced for record-breaking temperatures that would put the peak of summer to shame.
After a month of heavy rain, a heatwave is expected to hit most of Australia this week, with emergency services across the south-eastern parts of the country preparing for the worst.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting 40 degree temperatures and heatwave conditions for New South Wales and Queensland. The heatwave will primarily affect northern inland NSW and southern QLD, but temperatures in Sydney are also expected to hit 37 degrees on Friday.
Parts of Queensland have already sweltered through a heatwave that hit last weekend. Last week, Birdsville reached 44.7 degrees, setting a record for its hottest October day.
A fire ban has been issued for Victoria’s northwest Mallee and Wimmera regions, where temperatures are expected to rise about 40 degrees. In Melbourne, residents are expecting temperatures of 33 degrees followed by 30 degrees tomorrow.
Temperatures in Adelaide and Canberra are expected to peak on Thursday at 36 and 33 degrees respectively. Brisbane is expected to head into the thirties on the weekend, with a top of 32 degrees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and 34 degrees on Tuesday.
Tomorrow, Thursday November 1st, has been declared a Total Fire Ban in the Mallee fire weather district.
We have SEVERE Fire Danger Ratings in Mallee and Wimmera and VERY HIGH across Central, North Central, Northern Country and North East districts. pic.twitter.com/Sbvud5kF65
— VicEmergency (@vicemergency) October 31, 2018
In South Australia, fire bans are also in place on the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, the Lower Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula districts.
We may love mocking other countries that consider anything above 26 degrees to be a heatwave, but that doesn’t mean we’re impervious to the effects of a true Aussie weather phenomenon.
“It’s important that people are alert to the symptoms associated with heat exhaustion in themselves or others, especially young children and the elderly,” Alan Morrison, Chief Superintendent of NSW Ambulance, told 9 News.
“These include nausea, faintness, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, headache, and vomiting.”
#Heatwave conditions are now forecast for a large area of #NSW over coming days. To find out if the #heat is heading your way, and when it'll arrive, check out this moving map. You can find your local #temperatures for the next few days here https://t.co/t2bPLjs6ev pic.twitter.com/Ax62ta05OT
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) October 30, 2018
Even if you’re waiting out the heat in relative comfort thanks to your air-conditioning and tall glass of water, make sure you check in on any elderly neighbours who may not be coping as well. Pets may also need extra water and some assured shade in the yard to ensure they’re able to cope with the sweltering temperatures.
You may not feel the effects as much as other people, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can get away with spending too much time outdoors; even activities such as gardening, which may not seems strenuous, could result in a nasty case of heat stroke.