NSW Ambulance is reminding the community to stay cool and hydrated in the hot temperatures today and tomorrow to avoid suffering medical conditions such as heat stroke.
The latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast is predicting temperatures in Sydney’s west and the Hunter region to reach 30 degrees today.
However, it is tomorrow the heat is expected to reach close to 40 degrees in Sydney and across the state.
According to Weatherzone.com.au, the conditions in Bega will reach a predicted 29 degrees today, rising to 33 on Thursday with north-westerly winds.
According to NSW Ambulance, heat can kill - sunburn, dehydration and heat exposure can lead to heat stroke.
If the body has to work too hard for too long to keep itself cool people can become very unwell.
The signs of heat stroke include headache, weakness, vomiting and dizziness.
To avoid this medical emergency NSW Ambulance is urging people to plan ahead and take note of the following tips:
• Reschedule any non-necessary activity, particularly in the hottest part of the day.
• Drink regular, small amounts of water all day, starting in the early morning. Drink more water if you have to be outside or undertaking heavy activity.
• Drink alcohol, tea and coffee in moderation; all of these potentially increase dehydration.
• Take a few minutes to make contact with family, friends and neighbours at higher risk of adverse outcomes in the heat. Dehydration in the elderly can rapidly cause confusion.
NSW Ambulance strongly advises people to take safety precautions if they head to the water to cool down.
A few tips include:
• Always swim between the flags at the beach and obey instructions given by lifeguards.
• Always check water depth and the possibility of submerged objects before swimming in rivers, creeks or dams.
• Don’t mix water sports with alcohol.
• Never swim alone.