As temperatures rise so does the risk of contracting a heat related illness - a medical condition that results from the body's inability to cope with heating and cooling itself. In fact, heat kills more people than tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning and flash floods - combined.
The Department of Health state-wide
Heat Health Alert System 2014-2015 notifies councils, hospitals and health and community service providers of forecast heatwave conditions which are likely to affect human health.
In the Wimmera we are used to long, hot and dry summers but we need to be mindful that heat affects everyone and be aware of our families and neighbours during prolonged spells of hot weather.
The Department of Health and Human Services website has a number of ways to prepare for and keep cool during a heatwave.
Heatwave Plan for Victoria is available on the Department of Health website.
Please also refer to this Heat Health Animation for more information