What is it?
A heatwave is when there are more than three days in a row with a temperature above 34 degrees. It often happens during the summer months. It is easy to become overheated and dehydrated during a heatwave. Heatwaves can cause heat-related illnesses, such as:
Heat rash: Very itchy, red skin. It often affects the armpits, chest and elbow creases. It is not serious and can be treated at home.
Heat cramps: Painful involuntary muscle spasms in the arms and legs. This can happen when you exercise in a hot environment.
Heat exhaustion: The body’s response to losing too much water and salt through sweating. If it is not treated, it can turn into heatstroke.
Heatstroke: This is very serious and can lead to death. Call triple zero (000) if you or someone you know has symptoms of heatstroke.