Heatwave expected to hit South East this week

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A heatwave is expected to arrive in South East NSW at the end of this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicted the low-intensity heatwave would arrive in the region on Thursday, continue through Friday and possibly to Saturday.

For Bega, temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius on Thursday, dropping slightly on Friday then spiking up to 35 degrees on Saturday, according to BOM.

Temperatures in Merimbula could reach 27 degrees Celsius on Thursday and 32 degrees on Saturday.

Image: BOM

Image: BOM

In Bermagui, temperatures could reach 26 degrees Celsius on Thursday and 32 degrees on Saturday.

NSW Health states during extremely hot weather, it is easy to become dehydrated or for your body to overheat.

"Exposure to high temperatures can lead to life-threatening heat-related illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion," NSW Health states.

"More commonly, heat can make existing chronic illness worse. This can have equally serious consequences such as inducing a heart attack in someone who has a heart condition."

  • Keep yourself cool
    • Wear loose fitting clothing
    • Stay out of the sun
    • Try to be indoors during the hottest part of the day.
    • Close windows and doors to keep the heat out. Curtains with light-coloured lining can help to reflect heat.
    • Use air conditioning if you have it. Fans can also be effective
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Try to be indoors during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close windows and doors to keep the heat out. Curtains with light-coloured lining can help to reflect heat.
  • Use air conditioning if you have it. Fans can also be effective
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water
    • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks including tea and coffee (they can make dehydration worse)
    • If you go outside, carry a bottle of water with you
  • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks including tea and coffee (they can make dehydration worse)
  • If you go outside, carry a bottle of water with you
  • Look out for each other
    • Keep in contact with elderly friends, neighbours and relatives during a heat wave in case you or they need any help.
  • Keep in contact with elderly friends, neighbours and relatives during a heat wave in case you or they need any help.
  • Plan ahead for the heat
    • Keep an eye on the weather forecast
    • Prepare yourself, house or apartment before the heat arrives
    • Know who to call if you need help
    • Follow your doctor's advice if you have any have any medical conditions
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast
  • Prepare yourself, house or apartment before the heat arrives
  • Know who to call if you need help
  • Follow your doctor's advice if you have any have any medical conditions
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