Stay healthy in the heat this summer

Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during hot weather and extreme heat. Some groups of people – such as babies and young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who have chronic health conditions – are more at risk than others. 

Information for the community

Follow these simple steps to stay healthy in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay cool with a fan or air-conditioner
  • Avoid going out in the hottest part of the day
  • Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool
  • Cool off with a shower or bath
  • Look out for family, friends and the elderly
  • Check the weather forecast so you know when hot weather is coming
  • If you go outside during the day, wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved and light-coloured clothing, a hat, and SPF30+ sunscreen.

More information, including fact sheets and translated resources, are available at:

Information for health professionals

Prolonged periods of extremely hot weather can have serious health impacts on the more vulnerable groups of society. Health professionals play a key role to protect vulnerable people from potential severe health effects of heat waves. 

Visit the Heat and hot weather – information for health professionals page for more information or read Extreme heat and the risk to your health - an article for health practitioners (PDF 909KB).

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