Grey nomads urged to keep cool as heatwave hits

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Are you finding the weather too hot to handle?

She’s going to be a scorcher in New South Wales  … and in other parts of the country.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the NSW capital is expected to hit a top of 38 degrees Celsius today, with the city’s west expected to see temperatures as high as 40C and 42C on Friday. It says Bourke and Wilcannia in the state’s west are expecting temperatures well over 40C over the next three days, with a top of 47C expected on Friday.

“We are expecting hot conditions over the next several days,” senior meteorologist Peter Zmijewski told the newspaper. “In particular, the hottest day will be on Friday, where the temperature in most of these places will be in the mid to high 40s.”

The state’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the Central West, Far West, and the Central West and North West Slopes and Plains would be among the hottest hot spots.

A total fire ban is in already place for Greater Sydney and the Greater Hunter, as well as the Central Ranges, the Southern Slopes and North Western regions.

BOM said the state’s sweltering population would get a small amount relief over the weekend.

“I’m saying a little bit because the temperatures will still remain at the low to mid-30s,” Mr Zmijewski said.

It;s not the first heatwave to strike this summer and grey nomads and others are constantly warned about the risk of extreme heat.

“We generally see elderly members of the community who perhaps haven’t hydrated enough or haven’t put the air-conditioning on,” said Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor, Alan Muxworthy late last year. “People should be drinking a soft drink can amount of water every hour and if you’re out in the sun wear sunscreen, wear a long-sleeve shirt if possible, wear a hat … and stay out of the sun if you can.”

He says that those without air conditioning should get fans on, get the windows open and get some air flowing through.

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