Cancer Council issue heatwave health warning

Severe to extreme temperatures are expected to soar across the state from tomorrow, reaching tops of 38 in Brisbane, 37 on the Sunshine Coast and 33 on the Gold Coast.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the official launch of summer in Queensland came with a dire warning for the state’s health. “It’s crucial for Queenslanders to heed the dangers of scorching temperatures, and take sun protective measures when out and about during this heatwave,” Ms Clift said.

“Where possible, people should avoid sun exposure – especially when the UV Index is three or above, from about 7:30am during summer in Queensland.


“We recommend Queenslanders abide by all five sun protective recommendations – Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when out and about. “Sunscreen or a good hat alone isn’t enough – we need to make the effort to do all we can to protect ourselves in hot weather, to reduce our skin cancer risk.”

Cancer Council Queensland is also warning older Queenslanders and those affected by chronic disease to take extra care in the soaring temperatures.

“Keep yourself and your family cool – stay in air-conditioning, drink as much water as possible and schedule outdoor activities later in the day, when the UV Index falls below three,” Ms Clift said.

“Be aware of heat-related illness and heat stroke – warning signs may include muscle cramps and weakness, dizziness and a headache, nausea or fainting. Mild to moderate dehydration can also be an issue. We encourage all Queenslanders to look out for the health of friends and family around them during this time.”

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at 13 11 20.