COOLING DOWN: Raffaele Murdaca from Sydney freshens up after a dip at Bargara.
COOLING DOWN: Raffaele Murdaca from Sydney freshens up after a dip at Bargara. Simon Young BUNHOT

Keeping cool a priority as hot weather is here to stay

THE warnings are out for people to stay safe with above-average maximum temperatures expected for the rest of the week.

Weatherzone is predicting maximum temperatures of up to 34 degrees every day this week, well above the long-term average for the month of 30.1 degrees.

And with crowds expected be out for Australia Day on Sunday, when the temperature is expected to also reach 34 degrees, authorities are warning people to be careful in the sun.

Queensland Health says during extreme heat conditions people are at greater risk of health problems, particularly the elderly.

And with no relief from the hot weather on the horizon, Cancer Council Queensland is also urging Bundaberg families taking part in Australia Day celebrations to take sun protective measures.

A spokeswoman said Queenslanders must remember the dangers of scorching temperatures, and protect themselves from the sun. "Where possible, people should avoid sun exposure - especially during periods of extreme heat, at the peak of the day."

PRECAUTIONS

Drink plenty of fluids - cool water is best.

Don't wait until you are thirsty, drink throughout the day.

Stay out of the sun.



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