DOCTORS have urged people to take care as rising heat takes hold across the state.
Temperatures have climbed into the mid-to-late thirties in Tamworth for the past few and seven day forecasts show no respite on the horizon in the New England North West.
Elders Weather is predicting a 50 per cent chance of rain on Thursday, but the mercury could rise into the high-thirties on Friday and Saturday.
The state’s chief medicos are now urging people to avoid over-heating in this prolonged hot-spell.
“It’s important to keep up water intake, stay cool and avoid strenuous physical activity in the heat of the day,” NSW Health executive director Jeremy McAnulty said.
“Heat places a lot of strain on the body and can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
“During hot weather, it’s important to stay in regular contact with elderly neighbours, friends and relatives, because helping them do basic chores to keep them out of the heat could make a life-saving difference.”
Initial signs of heat-related illness may include faintness and dizziness, irritability, thirst, dark urine, headaches and later changes in skin colour, rapid pulse and shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.
Dr McAnulty said it’s important to drink plenty of water and quickly cool down if symptoms occur.
People showing severe signs of heat-related illness should seek urgent medical attention.