Take care of each other in extreme heat
WE’RE in for a hot few days.
For some it will be an excuse to head to the beach for a swim and an ice cream after work, or reason to stay inside with the curtains drawn watching TV.
But the heatwave poses real risks to others who may have to work outside or feel they can’t afford to run the airconditioner.
We know that babies, small children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable when the mercury rises into the 40s, as it will today and tomorrow.
Premier Steven Marshall has urged us all to stay hydrated, avoid the sun and check on our older relatives or neighbours.
Pets must not be forgotten either. Animals need access to plenty of water and shade and should never be left in the car.
The State Government has issued a Code Red for homelessness services to give people living on the streets more options for cool shelter.
Even for those of us who have a safe bed to sleep in, it will be an uncomfortable few nights as forecasters warn there will be no relief in overnight minimum temperatures hovering in the 20s for the rest of the week.
During the day, spectators drawn to the streets for the Tour Down Under must remember to be sun smart.
Race organisers have already cut short the first two stages of the race in anticipation of the extreme heat.
The scorching temperatures raise the risk of bushfire in many parts of the state, including much of the countryside which forms a backdrop for the cycling race. Foreign visitors who are not used to these conditions, or the speed with which a fire can take hold, should take extra care.
You may be tempted to downplay the impact of this weather, but heatwaves have caused more deaths in Australia since 1890 than cyclones, bushfires, floods, earthquakes and severe storms combined.
And the Australia Institute warns SA will face many more days each year over 35C and 40C in future. So please, take the warnings seriously and look after yourselves, and each other.