Temperature set to soar in Rockingham, Mandurah

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WA Health is urging Western Australians to prepare for severe heatwave conditions this week.

Rockingham is forecast to hit 35C on Tuesday, 40C on Wednesday and 37C on Thursday with temperatures sitting in the 30s through to the weekend.

Perth and Mandurah will also reach similar temperatures.

WA’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson said it was important the community took the State heatwave warnings seriously with the potential for heatwaves to have a significant impact on human health.

“I urge the community to heed our heatwave warnings and take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones,” he said.

“Check in on neighbours, friends and older family members – especially those who are in poor health, have mobility limitations or are socially isolated.”

Dr Robertson said it was important people did what they could to stay cool and well hydrated.

“Seek out somewhere to keep cool during the heat of the day,” he said.

“Places like shopping centres, libraries, community centres, movie theatres or places of worship are usually air-conditioned and can offer some relief from the heat.”

Aside from disease epidemics, Dr Robertson said heatwaves were the number one killer of people when it came to natural phenomena, including in Australia.

“The effects of dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke can be life threatening,” he said.

“Heatwaves put our most vulnerable people at risk – including the elderly, pregnant women and very young children."

Dr Robertson warned certain medications, along with alcohol and drugs could all increase the effects of heat on the body.

For tips on preparing for heatwaves, visit HealthyWA.

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