ACT chief health officer Kerryn Coleman has urged Canberrans to take care during the extreme heat forecast for this weekend.
Heatwave conditions are expected for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with temperatures forecast to reach maximum temperatures set to climb into the high-30s
Dr Coleman said it was important for the community to be aware of the health risks associated with periods of hot weather.
"Everyone can be susceptible to heat-related stress and illness in the heat, that's why people need to stay hydrated and stay cool," Dr Coleman said.
"This is particularly for older people, pregnant women, young children and babies, who are most at risk.
"Look out for the early symptoms of heat-related stress including headaches, dizziness, faintness, nausea and vomiting. In babies, signs of heat stress include irritability, restlessness and a reduced number of wet nappies."
ACT Ambulance Service chief officer Howard Wren said Canberrans will need to take precautions to keep safe outdoors during the weekend.
"It is particularly important people seek shade during the hottest parts of the day, drink plenty of water and limit their alcohol consumption," Mr Wren said.
ACT health recommends that if someone has symptoms of heat stress they should:
- Take the heat-stress affected person to a cooler environment;
- Let the person experiencing heat stress lay down;
- Apply cool wet towels to the neck and underarms;
- To provide cool water to drink;
- Assist them in seeking medical attention through their GP.
If there is an emergency relating to heat stress Canberrans are urged to call triple zero.