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Heat health alert issued for Northern Country, residents urged to take care

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The City of Greater Bendigo is urging residents to keep themselves safe and cool after the Department of Health and Human Services issued a heat health alert for today, tomorrow and Saturday for the Northern Country region.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts today’s temperature will reach 42 degrees, tomorrow will climb to 41 degrees and Saturday will be 35 degrees.

Some of the City’s swimming pools will open for an extended period, with the below facilities to open as follows:

  • Faith Leech Aquatic Centre – Thursday and Friday, 6am – 8pm
  • Brennan Park, Heathcote and Marong – Thursday and Friday, 10am – 8pm

Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre’s standard operating hours for Thursday and Friday are 6am – 9pm, however pools close 30 minutes prior to the centre closing.

The Long Gully Splash Park is also open from 9am – 8pm daily from December to March, and Peter Krenz Leisure Centre is open Thursday and Friday 6am – 7pm.

Lifeguards at all other City outdoor pools will determine extended opening hours, subject to patron numbers.

If residents do not fancy a swim, they can also visit Bendigo Library at the following times:

  • Thursday December 27, 9am – 5pm
  • Friday December 28, 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday December 29, 10am – 3pm

Kangaroo Flat Library is also open:

  • Thursday December 27, 10am – 3pm
  • Friday December 28, 10am – 3pm
  • Saturday December 29, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Heatwaves can be deadly and those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition. To survive the heat, residents are advised to:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty (if your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather)
  • Keep yourself cool by using wet towels on your arms or neck, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers
  • Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings (e.g. shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres)
  • Check on elderly or vulnerable family members and neighbours
  • Plan to be out of high fire danger areas on bad days – plan for yourselves, vulnerable family and friends, and pets
  • Block out the sun during the day by closing curtains and blinds but keep an eye outside for signs of smoke or embers. Open windows when there is a cool breeze
  • Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you must go out, stay in the shade and take plenty of water with you. Wear a hat and light-coloured, loose fitting clothing
  • Eat smaller meals more often and eat cold meals such as salads. Make sure that food that needs refrigeration is properly stored
  • Avoid strenuous activity like sport, home improvements and gardening
  • Watch or listen for news reports that provide more information during a heatwave    

If you are experiencing any health issues as a result of the heat please phone 000.


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