Extreme heat or heatwaves are a period of unusually hot weather that cause people to become ill from heat-stress or heatstroke – which can be fatal.
Extreme heat can affect everyone, however those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.
Extreme heat can also affect community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport) and other services.
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.
Reviewed 15 December 2022