Paramedics flat out as heatwave takes toll

A 39-year-old West Wollongong woman was one of a long list of people from around the state treated for heat exhaustion as temperatures soared over the weekend.

Paramedics responded to at least 31 people across the state suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stress on Friday and Saturday.

Yesterday a heat haze blanketed much of Wollongong, reducing visibility as temperatures peaked at 27.2 at Albion Park at 2pm.

Temperatures are again expected to hit the high 20s today, with a maximum of 28 degrees expected for Wollongong.

The rest of the week will be comparatively cooler, with maximums between 21 and 25 expected until a high of 27 on Saturday.

How to safe safe in the heat

• Try to stay out of direct sun, especially if you are elderly or very young.

• Drink plenty of water and take a drink bottle if you are outdoors.

• Cover up with appropriate clothing, wear a wide-brimmed hat and use sunscreen.

• Never leave children or pets in a car.

• Drinking alcohol causes dehydration and consumption should be minimised during extreme heat.

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