City prepares for hot weather spell

The City of Perth is urging community members to take extra care as the Perth metropolitan area enters a period of particularly hot weather from today.

With temperatures forecast to sit in the high 30s and low 40s over the next five days, the City is echoing the sentiments of the Department of Health, urging residents, visitors and workers to:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Limit or avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated drinks – as these can increase dehydration
  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothing
  • Stay in the shade, or indoors, wherever possible, with a fan or air-conditioner on
  • If working outdoors wear SPF 50+ sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses
  • Always carry a water bottle when out
  • Take regular breaks
  • Take a cool shower, or bath – or put your feet in a bowl of cool water
  • Use a spray bottle filled with water, or a wet cloth, to cool your face and body
  • Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool
  • Sleep with just a sheet over you, in the coolest part of the house
  • Seek medical assistance if required
  • Keep pets in the cool and don’t walk them on hot footpaths.

The City of Perth will set up a daytime drinking water station in Murray Street Mall.

City of Perth Rangers and outreach workers will also complete welfare checks and distribute bottled water to vulnerable people. Community-based agencies across the inner Perth CBD will also be able to help the vulnerable.

The Citiplace Rest Centre will be open as normal, for people seeking respite from the hot weather.

iCity Kiosk tours restart on Monday 24 January, weather permitting.

Community members are also encouraged to look out for their family, friends and neighbours during the heat – particularly older people and those with existing health conditions who live on their own. Additionally, pets should be kept in a cool area with plenty of water.

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