Authorities are urging the communities of Western and Central Western NSW to monitor weather reports and health advice as the first heatwave of the summer is expected to hit.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns temperatures are generally expected to increase over the weekend and continue into next week.
NSW Police issued the advice on Saturday morning.
As the weather heats up, motorists are also reminded it’s not only an offence for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle, it can be deadly.
“Everyone needs to take care in hot weather, but some people are at higher risk of heat illness, especially if they are older, live alone or are socially-isolated,” police said in the media release.
Authorities are urging people to remember to:
- Stay well-hydrated
- Avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks
- Limit your physical activity
- Try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton
The region’s residents are urged to regularly check their local forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology on your radio, TV, internet or app
People are also encouraged to seek advice from their doctor about whether their medication and/or medical conditions may affect what they should do if it gets extremely hot.
“Make sure you know who you are going to call (who may need help, and who could provide help to you if needed); make a list of telephone numbers and make sure they are current,” police said in the media release.
“If you can, it's a good idea to spend some time in an air-conditioned building.”
For more information please refer to the Beat the Heat website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/pages/default.aspx
Livestock and pet owners are also being urged to ensure adequate clean water is always available and that shading is provided where possible.
Additionally, no animals should be left in confined, unventilated areas.
Members of the public should also regularly visit the Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for updated bush fire warnings and information.
For updated weather forecasts and warnings visit www.bom.gov.au.