South Australia swelters in heatwave

Across South Australia, regions will be sweltering in extreme heat today as the forecast is estimated to reach 48 degrees in some towns.

In Wudinna and Kimba the temperature is forecasted to hit 46 degrees, with 48 in Port Augusta, 43 in Clare, Nuriootpa, Naracoorte and Port Pirie, 44 in Murray Bridge and Lameroo and 40 in Ceduna.

Coastal towns have a bit more relief as Port Lincoln is scheduled to top 34 degrees, with 33 in Victor Harbor and Kingscote and 28 in Robe.

As the mercury continues to rise in the current heatwave, the State Emergency Service has issued an emergency warning.

The heat can affect everyone, but most susceptible are babies and young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people who are sick or unwell.

The Telecross REDi service supports registered people by regularly calling them during extreme heat events to check on their wellbeing.

To register yourself or someone you look after phone the Red Cross on 1800 188 071 or email telecrossredi@redcross.org.au.

Be prepared to also act on your bushfire action plan as temperatures soar.

How to keep cool

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and turn on fans and air conditioners early to stop the heat from building up in the home
  • Keep blinds down, curtains shut and the home as dark as possible
  • Drink two to three litres of water, even if you are not thirsty – carry a water bottle if you go out
  • Avoid fizzy, alcoholic or caffeinated drinks
  • Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing made from natural fibres
  • Regularly check on the very young, older people and those who are unwell
  • Use cool packs and wet towels on the body
  • Take cool baths or showers
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a car
  • Make sure pets and animals have shade and water as well

Unfortunately the rest of the week will have higher temperatures until a cool change is predicted to hit the state on Saturday, January 19.

To continue monitoring the weather you can visit the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au and for further information about extreme heat visit www.ses.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/extremeheat

The Bureau of Meteorology defines a heatwave as three or more days of unusually high maximum and minimum temperatures in any area.

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