24.9°C 03:00 pm

Heat still on

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

Scorching temperatures have baked much of NSW again but the mercury is not expected to drop to average January temperatures for at least a week.

 The hottest place in NSW yesterday was Wilcannia, which reached a blistering 46.4C while Penrith residents in western Sydney sweated through a top of 43.2C.

 There’s no big relief in sight, with temperatures expected to reach 43C at Wilcannia today and 45C in other parts of the state’s west, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Meteorologist Rebecca Farr said the heat was due to a high pressure system coming off the Tasman Sea.

“The main driver of the situation is the high pressure system from the Tasman Sea, extending along the ridge of the NSW coast and Queensland.

“The winds directed north are contributing to the heat build-up.

“Unfortunately in this situation, it’s not set to move out of the region this week.

“It’s a slow moving system which is blocking cool changes that might have come through.”

Ms Farr said there was a chance of temperatures dropping.

“Some days there will be a slight change in the temperature, but we expect the heatwave to continue.

“No one system has been strong enough to break the heatwave.

“It’s a low intensity heatwave that is remaining in place with the temperatures staying the same.

“There won’t be any lasting relief.”

Local police continue to remind residents to monitor weather reports and health advice.

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.

It can be just as dangerous to leave the elderly and disabled members of the community in cars during days of extreme heat.

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. 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
  • Regularly check your forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology on radio, TV, internet or App
  • Get advice from your doctor about whether your medication and/or your medical conditions may affect what you 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.

Tourists, campers, and other holidaymakers who are in unfamiliar environments are urged to take extra care, especially when swimming. Every year thousands of people require rescuing from the surf and needlessly drown.

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 via www.health.nsw.gov.au

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.

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