When things get really hot under your collar...

January 05, 2018

WITH temperatures set to soar in Echuca-Moama tomorrow, people are advised to try to keep cool.

WITH temperatures set to soar in Echuca-Moama tomorrow, people are advised to try to keep cool.

The mercury is expected to reach a scorching 43C, our hottest day in almost 12 months.

Even the Echuca Farmers’ Market will be starting early — from 7.30am — to beat the heat.

The past few months have also been hotter than normal, with December’s hottest temperature of 39C and November’s 35.7C about 10C above average.

Although the Department of Health has not issued a heat health alert for Northern Country, which includes Campaspe Shire, it is keeping an eye on the region as it is nearing its temperature threshold.

Echuca Regional Health acting chief executive June Dyson urged residents and tourists to be prepared for the hot weather by making sure they drink plenty of water, avoid exposure to heat, protect themselves outside, watch their alcohol intake and stay cool.

People can also minimise the impact of heat, such as reducing their activity, staying hydrated, checking on family and friends and never leaving children or pets in hot cars.

Ms Dyson said heat stress occurred when the body was unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature.

She said heat-related illness could range from mild conditions such as a rash or cramps to very serious conditions such as heatstroke, which could kill.

‘‘Extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition,’’ she said.

Pet owners are also advised to look after their animals during hot days.

Echuca vet Rose Parsons recommended keeping pets inside with air-conditioning if possible.

‘‘Make sure outside pets have access to plenty of cool water (tip: put ice cubes in their drinking water), fill kids plastic sandpit shells with water and avoid chaining dogs up,’’ Dr Parsons said.

If you are concerned your pet has overheated, Dr Parsons said to run cool (not cold) water over them for a few minutes, or apply cool wet towels or ice blocks wrapped in tea towels to groin/armpit and tummy areas before calling your vet.

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