Searing temperatures are expected to engulf the MIA this weekend, with a heat wave forecast in the region.
Ahead of the scorching heat, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is urging residents to look after themselves and take the risk of heat-related illness seriously.
Temperatures of more than 40 degrees are expected, and the MLHD has offered simple tips to help MIA residents minimise risk.
- Drink plenty of water, and remember to carry some with you when you're out and about.
- If you are travelling, make sure you take water to drink in case you break down or are delayed.
- Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks.
- Plan your day around the heat. Stay indoors between 11am and 5pm and minimise physical activity.
- Keep the sun out of your house by shading windows with an awning, shade-cloth or plants. Shutting curtains will also help.
Exposure to high temperatures can cause existing illnesses to worsen, and even cause serious permanent injuries if someone experiences untreated heat stroke.
Some signs of heat-related illnesses include: dizziness, tiredness, irritability, thirst, fainting, muscle pains or cramps, headache, changes in skin colour, rapid pulse, shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.
Special concern should be taken for people who live alone, the elderly, infants and children, and people with chronic medical conditions.
The MLHD says any one concerned about their health should get in touch with their GP before the blazing temperatures set in.
Acting director of public health, Alison Nikitis said the MIA must come together, and look out for their neighbours and family members during the heatwave.