SHIRES across the Western District have enacted heatwave plans for the second consecutive weekend after advice from the Department of Health.
The temperature is set to soar to 41 in Hamilton and 42 in Casterton and Coleraine today, bringing with it the potential to cause heat stress and other potential health risks.
A Glenelg Shire Council health alert said while the heat could affect anybody – including the young and healthy – certain population groups would be at more risk than others.
They included people over 65 years old, those with a chronic medical condition or disability and people living alone or who were socially isolated.
The alert said heatwaves could cause illnesses including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which could be fatal.
Health authorities say people need to avoid the risk of heat stroke by drinking plenty of water and parents of young babies are being urged to ensure they are kept cool and well hydrated.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, February 8, 2014.