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Extreme heat creeping across Australia

04 Jan 2013

http://www.beefcentral.com/p/news/article/2606

Many places over Australia's interior will experience a run of heat only experienced once-or-twice before in the last 50 years, according to WeatherZone.

The area includes Eucla, Tarcoola, Oodnadatta, Marree, Moomba, Birdsville, Broken Hill, Hay and Mildura.

Much of central Australia, including Tarcoola, Coober Pedy, Roxby Downs, Oodnadatta, Marree, Moomba, Birdsville and Uluru, should average a maximum of about 45 degrees for at least a week and 42-45 degrees for a fortnight.

Birdsville is on target to reach at least 40 degrees each day for three weeks. Broken Hill, Hay and Mildura are a fair chance to get five consecutive days of 42 degrees or hotter.

This sort of heat has only occurred once in the least 50 years in Broken Hill and Mildura and twice in the last 50 years in Hay and Birdsville.

For most of the interior, the last time there was a longer hotter spell was surrounding Black Saturday in February 2009.

 

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Are you prepared for extreme weather conditions?

 

The State Emergency Service (SES) is urging all members of the public to take

precautions to stay cool and safe during this severe heat period.

 

The SES is the Hazard Leader for extreme weather conditions and is on full alert as

the State swelters through a hot Australian summer and with little relief in sight.

 

SA State Emergency Service (SES) State Duty Officer Craig Brassington said it is

important that all South Australians protect themselves against the heat. Of

particular concern, are those people traveling through or staying in areas north of

the Riverland, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula which are experiencing extremely

high temperatures.

 

"There are a number of simple, commonsense precautions that people can take to

ensure they stay safe," Mr Brassington said.

 

The public are urged to take the following precautions:

 

 *   Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.

 *   When outdoors wear light loose fitting clothing, as well as a broad brimmed

hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Try to limit outdoor activities to mornings and

evenings.

 *   Make regular contact with elderly relatives, friends and neighbours, especially

if they live alone to ensure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids.

 *   Keep homes cool by closing blinds and curtains during the day and making good

use of fans or air conditioners (which are on the cool setting).

 *   Stay indoors, primarily between the hours of 11am to 3pm.

 *   Never leave children or pets unattended in the car.

 *   Make use of air conditioned public facilities such as shopping centres, cinemas

and libraries.

 *   Be prepared for the possibility of power outages and keep in mind that some

computers and telephones may not work during power outages. Make sure you have

alternative means of communication.

 *   Consider the safety of your pets and animals. Wet them down and ensure they

have adequate shade and water.

 *   Keep in mind that as the temperature rises, large trees may without warning

drop their branches. Avoid parking or setting up campsites under trees with large

overhanging branches, and do not allow children to climb or play under them.

 

The public is also advised to listen to SA Health and Country Fire Service messages

and to be aware of the risks associated with prolonged periods of hot weather.


 


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