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Heat wave

Tuesday, 12th January, 2010

Broken Hill is in the midst of a heat wave but it is not as bad as the one this time last year, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. A heat wave, according to the Bureau, is when temperatures are above 35 degrees Celsius for five or more days in a row. Broken Hill has had eight such days but Daniel Hayes, from the Bureau of Meteorology in Cobar, said it was "no where near as bad as this time last year." Mr Hayes said dry, hot weather was normal for this time of year. The Greater Western Area Health Service said it is important to keep cool in the summer. The GWAHS Acting Manager of Population Health, Dr Therese Jones, said even the simplest of precautions can prevent heat exhaustion. "All ages need to take care to avoid heat exhaustion," Dr Jones said. "Heat exhaustion can be avoided by drinking lots of water, staying indoors between the hottest partsof the day, resting and staying well hydrated, as well as avoiding strenuous activity and wearing loose, comfortable clothing."

Dr Jones also said children and pets should not be kept in closed cars as the heat generated inside can be fatal.

It was also most important to make sure to wear a hat, sunglasses, a shirt and sun screen when outside.

The Bureau of Meteorology has said that we can look forward to a cool change tomorrow afternoon, with a forecast top of 28 degrees.

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