Be prepared for heatwaves this summer

21 November 2022

Heatwaves are among the deadliest natural events in Australia. Taking care before, during and after a heatwave can be vital to survival.

A heatwave is more than just a hot day. It is when the minimum and maximum temperatures are much hotter than usual in an area for 3 or more days. The effects of dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke can be life threatening, especially to those at increased risk.

New heatwave warning system

This summer, a new warning system is being launched to match heatwave alerts with those used for bushfires. These are broken down into 3 phases – ‘advice,’ ‘watch and act’ and ‘emergency warning.’


Find heatwave alerts on:

For information on how to protect yourself and your family, visit Heatwaves – Be prepared for extreme heat (