NSW prepares for more hot weather

Escape the heat: Seek out shade, or stay indoors, to prevent heat stress as temperatures climb. If you do go outside, cover up and make sure you have access to water. Photo: file

Escape the heat: Seek out shade, or stay indoors, to prevent heat stress as temperatures climb. If you do go outside, cover up and make sure you have access to water. Photo: file

Don’t pack your away fans just yet.

Heatwave conditions are forecast to start easing over January 14 and 15, bringing some reprieve from the hot days and sweaty nights.

However, the mercury is expected to climb with intensity from January 17, reaching the mid-30s.

Similar conditions were experienced in the Highlands this time last year.

Bowral reached 33.7 degrees on January 14, 2016, before dipping to 15.9 degrees the next day. The temperature rose again to the mid-30s on Janaury 20, 2016.

According to Bureau of Meteorology data, there were six days exceeding 30 degrees in January, 2016.

This compares to four days above 30 degrees already for 2017.

Tips to prepare for a heatwave:

  • Stock up on food, water and medicines so you don’t have to go outside
  • Consider the risk of bushfires, as they often occur on warmer days
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather
  • Plan your day around the heat – avoid being outdoors between 11.00am and 5.00pm
  • Take particular care to keep children and pets cool
  • Never leave children or pets alone in the car
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