Cancelled: Heat Health Warning for Queensland’s Tropical North Coast and Tablelands

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As at 3pm 1 February 2024, this heat health alert is no longer current.

PROTECT YOURSELF against the impacts of extreme heat – severe to extreme heatwave conditions for Queensland’s Tropical North Coast and Tablelands region as at 6pm, 29 January 2024

The Bureau of Meteorology advises an extreme heatwave will impact parts of the Tropical North Coast and Tablelands districts in Queensland from Monday 29 January to Thursday 1 February

Weather conditions are expected to reach a severity that will pose a health risk to North and Far North Queenslanders.

Severe heatwave conditions are also forecast for regions including Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett Districts.

Locations most likely to be affected include Cairns, Townsville, Bowen, Ingham, Mackay, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, and Hervey Bay.

A low-intensity heatwave is expected to continue in communities along most of the state’s coast and western border, as well as inland Central Queensland.

Make sure you know what to do when there is a heatwave warning in your area. Stay informed by visiting the Heatwave Service for Australia website

Take the below measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

Plan and prepare

  • Monitor the weather using Bureau of Meteorology's Heatwave Service.
  • Store food and medication at a safe temperature.
  • Plan ahead if the electricity goes out.
  • Know who to call if you need help.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice if you have any medical conditions.

Stay as cool as possible

  • Try to be indoors during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close windows and doors to keep the heat out.
  • Use air conditioning.
  • Avoid or reduce strenuous activities

If you have to go outside, be sun safe by wearing a hat, long sleeves and light clothing, seeking shade where possible and applying sunscreen every two hours.

Drink water regularly and stay hydrated

  • Drink water (between 6-8 glasses each day).
  • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks including tea and coffee (they can make dehydration worse).
  • If you go outside, carry a bottle of water with you.

Look out for each other

  • Keep in contact with elderly friends, neighbours and relatives during a heat wave in case you, or they, need help.
  • Don’t leave children or pets in parked cars.

Heat stress can cause a range of health problems, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If you are concerned you, or your loved one, is affected by one of these, call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25) or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.

For more information about heat-related illness, as well as tips on understanding your risk and caring for vulnerable people (including the elderly, pregnant or young kids) in hot weather, visit the Queensland Health website.

Queensland Health will issue an update if health advice changes.