JANUARY is heating up with the next few days expected to soar past 35 degrees Celsius in Hamilton.
Yesterday started off the heat wave at 36 degrees and according to the Bureau of Meteorology, it is only going to get hotter.
Today’s temperature is expected to hit 40 degrees, 39 degrees tomorrow, 41 degrees on Thursday and 35 degrees on Friday before cooling down on the weekend.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) senior research scientist, Steve Clark said Hamilton averaged seven to eight days of 35 degrees or higher temperatures each summer but it could vary from one to 18 days.
“So far we have had one this summer, 37.3 degrees on December 19 … we can reasonably expect more,” Mr Clark said.
Southern Grampians Shire Council acting mayor, Peter Dark said there were a few simple things people could do to ensure they remained safe during periods of extreme heat.
“People should stay out of the sun, keep cool and drink plenty of water,” Cr Dark said.
“The elderly and young children are particularly at risk from large changes in temperature, which can lead to heat-related illnesses, dehydration, fatigue and disrupt sleeping patterns.”
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 14, 2013