Extreme heat or heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could negatively affect human health. Extreme heat can also affect community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport) and other services. Extreme heat can affect everyone, however some people are more vulnerable.
Victoria assists with planning for extreme heat and heatwaves, and supports research.
The department's heat health alert system notifies local governments, program areas, hospitals and statewide and major metropolitan health and community service providers and the general community of forecast extreme heat and heatwave conditions which are likely to impact on human health.
Alerts and newsletters
Heat health alerts
The department has developed a heat health alert system to notify people about extreme heat and heatwaves in Victoria.
Heat health alert status
Information on heat events during summer for the health sector in Victoria.
Subscribe to heat health alerts
Subscribe to heat health alerts to receive notifications when temperature thresholds are reached.
Planning for extreme heat and heatwaves
Heatwave plans help government support members of the community who are most at risk during a heatwave.
Extreme heat - information for clinicians
Health professionals have a key role in preventing and managing heat-related illness.
Extreme heat - community resources
A suite of communication resources have been developed by the department to encourage and educate individuals and the community to be aware of the impact of extreme heat on human health.
Research and reports - extreme heat and heatwaves
The department has funded several heatwave research projects, which are important for understanding the effects of heatwaves on communities. Two heatwaves - in January 2009 and January 2014 - have also been reported on.
Reviewed 30 December 2021