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A heatwave is any long period of very hot weather. In Australia, heatwaves usually range from 37°C to 42°C.

This page contains links to useful information about heatwaves and how to Get Ready.

Go to the Bureau of Meteorology’s local weather forecast so you know if a heatwave is on the way, and keep an eye on their Queensland UV Index Forecast.

Be prepared

Heat related illness - Queensland Health

Contact your local council to register for warnings and alerts

For children

About heatwaves - Federal Government's information for school aged kids

During and after

Heatwave action guide - Federal Government

Tune-in to your local ABC Radio station - ABC is the National Disaster Broadcaster

During a heatwave - Australian Broadcasting Commission

The Queensland heat can knock all of us around, but elderly Queenslanders are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness.

On extremely hot days or when the temperature rises to more than 30 degrees for a few days in a row, pop in on elderly neighbours, friends and relatives. Check your Neighbours - Queensland Government

Getting Help - Queensland Government

Support Groups - Queensland Government

Emotional Support - Queensland Government

Interpreter Services - Australian Government

Last updated  28 January 2016

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