State heatwave plan activated as temperatures soar
NSW Police have urged people to call Triple Zero if they see vulnerable people or pets locked in cars as heatwave conditions sweep the state.
Today’s temperature in Maitland is set to peak at 38 degrees, and relief is not in sight until Sunday.
Tops of 41, 40, 43 and 37 have been forecast for the next four days before a change brings a comparatively cool 25 degrees on Sunday.
It’s a similar story in Cessnock, where the mercury is tipped to hit 42, 41, 44 and 37 from Wednesday to Saturday.
“As the weather heats up, I cannot stress strongly enough to motorists that it’s not only an offence for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle, it can be deadly,” NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy said.
“It can be just as dangerous to leave the elderly and disabled members of the community in cars during days of extreme heat.”
The forecast conditions have caused the State’s Heatwave Sub Plan to be activated. The plan details how to prepare for and respond to extreme heat events, and how to recover in the aftermath.
Community members have been reminded to stay hydrated, limit physical activity and try to stay out of the sun during the heatwave.
More tips are available from the NSW Health website.