A heatwave is an extended period of uncomfortable hot weather that can have an impact on human health, community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport), and services.

Heatwaves can affect anybody and may cause illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke which can, in some cases, be fatal.

Find out the latest temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

Heat event 27 and 28 January

To assist community and prepare for this extreme heat event, the following services and initiatives are in place:

  • Flemington Community Centre will be closed on Australia Day, Friday, 26 January.
    The centre will be open on Saturday, 27 from 10am-8pm and Sunday, 28 January from 11am-7pm. They will be offering a range of low key and drop in activities, such as electronic games, board games, table tennis, fuse ball, and movies. Icy poles, water, tea and coffee will all be made available to residents.
  • All Moonee Valley Libraries will be open as per their standard opening times. Libraries provide a cool place for respite. Water will be available to members of the public at all branches.
    Sam Merrifield Library will be open until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Selected Leisure Centres will be open with extended hours:
    East Keilor Leisure Centre will be open until 7pm on Friday, 26 January, and open until 8pm on Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 January.
    Ascot Vale Leisure Centre will be open 6am - 8pm (regular hours). 
    Queens Park Swimming Pool will be open 9am - 8pm (1 hour extension).

Please note, due to occupational health and safety reasons, the Transfer Station will be closed if the temperature reaches 38 degrees. If this occurs signage will be placed on the gate of the Transfer Station. 

Tips for dealing with a heatwave

During a heatwave, remember to:

  1. Keep cool
    • stay indoors and keep blinds/curtains closed
    • avoid strenuous activities or limit these to cooler times such as in the early morning or after sunset
    • take cool showers and splash yourself with cool water regularly
    • go to air-conditioned buildings in your local area to cool off, such as a shopping centres or indoor swimming pools
  2. Drink plenty of water and eat cold foods like fruit and salad
  3. Look out for neighbours, friends and family who might be more vulnerable in the heat such as:
    • young children
    • older adults living alone
    • people with disabilities
    • people with illnesses
    • pregnant women
  4. Ensure your pets also have access to fresh cool water and plenty of shade when they are outside
  5. Never leave children, adults or animals inside parked vehicles
  6. If you do need to go outdoors, make sure you wear:
    • sunscreen on all exposed skin
    • a hat
    • sunglasses
    • light-coloured clothing

Medical assistance

If you need medical assistance, phone NURSEONCALL on 1300 606 024, or in an emergency call an ambulance on 000.

More information

Extra information, including advice in other languages, can be found on the Heatwave information and advice page on the Department of Health's website. 

Last updated: Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 3:41 AM