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Update: Heat health alert for Monday 13 to Friday 17 January 2014

Status: Active

Date issued: 15 January 2014 This is an update to the previous Alert dated 13 January 2014.

Issued by: Dr Rosemary Lester, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Local government authorities, health and aged sector, government departments and agencies, service providers and community groups

Key messages

  • This is an alert only, to advise of forecast heatwave conditions.
  • You and your organisation are encouraged to continue monitoring local conditions and to respond accordingly through your existing service continuity, heatwave or other relevant action plans. All forecasts and current temperatures are available from the Bureau of Meteorology website.

What is the issue?

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures above heat health thresholds for the week of Monday 13 to Friday 17 January 2014. This alert provides a summary of the predicted mean temperatures across Victoria.

Note that the predicted mean temperatures for these districts are expected to meet the heat health temperature threshold of (30, 32 and 34°C) due to high overnight minimum temperatures. Daily maximum temperatures are expected to exceed 40°C across most of Victoria during this week.

Who is at risk?

Temperature thresholds exceeded (per Victorian district)

District Mon 13 Jan Tues 14 Jan Wed 15 Jan Thurs 16 Jan Fri 17 Jan 
Central (30°C)   Yes Yes Yes Yes
North East (32°C)   Yes Yes Yes Yes
East Gippsland (30°C)   Yes      
Northern Country (32°C)   Yes Yes Yes  
South West (30°C)   Yes Yes Yes  
West & South Gippsland (30°C)   Yes Yes    
Mallee (34°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes  
North Central (30°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wimmera (32°C)   Yes Yes Yes  

Note: This alert has been updated (15 January 2014) to include Central and West & South Gippsland districts.

Prevention

The Department of Health is issuing this alert in order to allow you to make any preparations necessary to respond to heatwave conditions given the many impacts hot weather can have on human health, normal operations and essential services.

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Contacts

Specific queries may be directed to Environmental Health, Department of Health on 1300 761 874 or Environmental.healthunit@health.vic.gov.au

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  Heat Health Alert Monday 13 to Friday 17 January 2014 (updated 15 January)

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