Temperatures around Bellingen Shire today and tomorrow

DORRIGO NATIONAL PARK: might be a good place to be today and tomorrow. Photo courtesy of Dorrigo National Park | NSW National Parks
NSW National Parks, photographer, Rob Cleary
DORRIGO NATIONAL PARK: might be a good place to be today and tomorrow. Photo courtesy of Dorrigo National Park | NSW National Parks NSW National Parks, photographer, Rob Cleary

The heatwave that has been melting roads and making sleep near impossible nationally is not over yet ... with the mercury set to hover in the high 30s around the Bellingen Shire today and tomorrow.

Of the towns Bellingen will feel it most with a top of 35 degrees  predicted for today and 37 tomorrow with not a cloud on the horizon.

Dorrigo and Urunga will be noticeably cooler with maximums reached 32 degrees today and 34 degrees tomorrow on the plateau.

At Urunga windy conditions today will keep temperatures lower, around 31 degrees with tomorrow expected to be a sunny day, 34 degrees.

The forecast for Sunday is for an overcast day with much more pleasant temperatures: Bellingen – 30 degrees, Dorrigo – 27 degrees and Urunga – 28 degrees.

Enjoying relief down at Urunga

Enjoying relief down at Urunga

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy reminded motorists that it was not only an offence for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle, it could also be deadly.

“It can be just as dangerous to leave the elderly and disabled members of the community in cars during days of extreme heat,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.

“If you see pets, children or vulnerable people located in a car, phone Triple Zero (000) immediately.”

Deputy Commissioner Loy also urged people to take extra care, especially when swimming; whether at the beach, pools or in rivers.

“Every year thousands of people require rescuing from the surf, some needlessly drown.”

Staying cool on the Bellinger River

Staying cool on the Bellinger River

How to avoid heat stroke:

Stay well-hydrated

Avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks

Limit your physical activity

Try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton

Regularly check your forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology on radio, TV, internet or App

Get advice from your doctor about whether your medication and/or your medical conditions may affect what you should do if it gets extremely hot

Make sure you know who you are going to call (who may need help, and who could provide help to you if needed); make a list of telephone numbers and make sure they are current.

If you can, it's a good idea to spend some time in an air-conditioned building. For more information please refer to the Beat the Heat website – click here for link

Livestock and pet owners are also being urged to ensure adequate clean water and shaded areas are always available. Additionally, animals should never be left in confined, unventilated areas.

Members of the public should also regularly visit the Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for updated bush fire warnings and information. For updated weather forecasts and warnings visit www.bom.gov.au.

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