Weather conditions intensify across Victoria

19 January 2018

19 January 2018

Emergency management agencies have been working together as Victoria continues to experience very hot temperatures of over 40 degrees across the State. These high temperatures are forecast to persist into the weekend, particularly in the north and west of the State.

The severe heat brings another period of significant fire danger this season.

With temperatures remaining high, Victorians are reminded to plan ahead for the heat and to be aware of the Fire Danger Ratings where you are located.

Remember to drink water, keep cool, check in on others and look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.

“Despite the heat health alerts that have been issued, 11 children were rescued yesterday after being left in parked cars,” Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said.

“As temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes it’s important to never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars.”

“We’re also reminding people to take care around waterways by swimming between the flags at patrolled beaches, ensure they can identify rips and other dangers, and always swim with a friend.”

“Overall our message is simple - be prepared for summer, be safe around water, and ensure you’re connected to emergency sources.”

In Victoria you can get emergency information from a number of sources including the VicEmergency app, www.emergency.vic.gov.au (External link) (External link), tuning into ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV or by phoning the VicEmergency hotline 1800 226 226 and following VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.