State on alert

Paramedics ready for ac­tion as tem­per­a­tures siz­zle

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - GRANT MCARTHUR

PARAMEDICS fear a rash of heatre­lated call-outs to­day fol­low­ing a swel­ter­ing night that of­fered no respite from yes­ter­day’s heat.

Vic­to­ri­ans have been urged to check on el­derly and sick res­i­dents most in danger dur­ing pro­longed hot spells, with tem­per­a­tures not ex­pected to dip be­low 28 de­grees in Melbourne to­day.

Fire danger is also ex­pected to in­crease to­day, par­tic­u­larly in cen­tral and north­east­ern Vic­to­ria.

Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria paramedics were called to 16 heat ex­po­sure cases be­fore 5pm yes­ter­day; how­ever, the full im­pact of the ex­treme weather is not ex­pected to hit un­til later to­day due to the cu­mu­la­tive im­pact of last night’s un­re­lent­ing con­di­tions.

“The overnight tem­per­a­ture is what is con­cern­ing us,” state health com­man­der Paul Hol­man said.

“We are al­ready start­ing to see peo­ple af­fected by the heat, which is un- usual be­cause it is early, but we have very high overnight tem­per­a­tures lead­ing into an­other hot day so we are con­cerned about the el­derly and the vul­ner­a­ble.

“Check on your neigh­bours, check on your friends and check on your fam­ily.”

A man pulled from the wa­ter at Lerderderg Gorge was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion last night af­ter be­ing taken to Royal Melbourne Hos­pi­tal.

Paramedics also treated a per­son in­jured by a jet­ski as well as a woman in her 20s who suf­fered neck in­juries when she was dumped while swim­ming at Torquay. In two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents, paramedics were called to help drunk women who en­tered in the very early hours of Satur­day morn­ing at St Kilda and Ocean Grove.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford has launched a cam­paign call­ing on pet own­ers not to leave an­i­mals in cars dur­ing ex­treme heat, warn­ing they could face pros­e­cu­tion.

Nash and Dy­lan (main photo) at Whit­tle­sea’s Fun­fields Wa­ter Park; (from left, at top) Anya cools off at MSAC; Jorgi and Jes­sica at Port Melbourne; and Brighton Beach at 6.30pm last night. Pic­tures: YURI KOUZMIN, HAMISH BLAIR, TONY GOUGH, DAVID CROSLING

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