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Ipswich Heatwave Update, 2 February 2023

Heatwave Situation for three (3) days starting Thursday 2 February 2023.

Heat-related illness can range in severity from mild to life threatening (heat stroke). This most commonly happens in hot environmental conditions, particularly if humidity is high. Most signs and symptoms are related to excess heat and sweat-induced loss of water and electrolytes. Mild symptoms usually respond to rest in a cool environment and rehydration.

Heat exhaustion is a mild to moderate form of heat-related illness. Symptoms include: thirst, weakness, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and muscle cramps.

Heat stroke is an uncommon but life-threatening condition that can occur in hot environments with or without strenuous exercise and can occur more often in the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. The key signs to look out for include lethargy, confusion, drowsiness, difficulty walking, body temperature 40C and higher, hot and dry skin.

For heat exhaustion, find shade in a cool place, drink cool or cold water or sports drink, cool down through evaporation with water spray to the skin, and avoid returning to sport or strenuous activity for 48 hours.

If you think someone may have heat stroke or you are unsure and concerned, call 000 immediately for urgent management and transfer to hospital.


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