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Hot weather can affect anybody. It may make existing medical conditions worse and can cause heat-related illness. In some cases heat effects may be fatal. It may also affect community infrastructure such as power supply and other support services.

Stay healthy in the heat

Stay healthy in the heat. Find out who is at risk and how you can prepare for and cope during a heat event and what to do for heat-related illnesses.

High risk groups

Hot weather can cause serious health problems, and some people in our community are at greater risk of serious health affects than other. Anyone who cares for, supports or assists people at risk of serious health effects from hot weather can play a key role in keeping them healthy during extreme heat events or a heatwave.

Babies, young children and seniors can be more susceptible to hot weather and may require special care. Queensland Health and Queensland Ambulance Service have developed information to assist people who may be at risk and who care for people in these groups.

New South Wales Health also provides advice for carers to consider when caring for high risk people in the community.

People who are active in the heat

Vigorous exercise places some people at risk of heat-related illness, especially in hot weather. Sports Medicine Australia has developed Beat the heat-playing and exercising safely in hot weather fact sheet. This information advises that people listen to their bodies and stop or slow down if you feel unwell.

People who work outside

People working outside need to monitor their health during hot weather for signs of heat stress. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland provide information to assist workers in preventing heat stress.

Urine colour chart

Urine colour chart provides a guide to assist you in determining whether you are drinking enough water. New South Wales Health provides a urine colour chart to assist you in working out whether you are dehydrated or not.

Other resources

Victoria Health has developed two documents to assist with planning for prolonged heat:


Last Updated: 17 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 17 November 2015



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