Cancer Council Queensland issues heatwave health warning

All Queenslanders are being urged to stay hydrated and SunSmart today, with temperatures expected to top around 40 degrees in some parts of the State.

The heatwave is hitting Queensland unseasonably early this year, with the UV Index also expected to reach extreme levels.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan warned of the dangers of scorching temperatures and high UV levels, urging Queenslanders to use sun protective measures when out and about.


“Where possible, people should avoid sun exposure – especially during periods of extreme heat and high UV levels, at the peak of the day,” Ms McMillan said.

“With temperatures set to reach 40 degrees and a UV Index level of 10 today, it’s imperative to take precautions.

“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 from UV radiation especially in hot weather, to reduce our skin cancer risk.

“Skin damage can occur in as little as 10-15 minutes if you’re outdoors without protection.”

Cancer Council Queensland also encouraged parents to take care of children in the soaring temperatures, while school holidays are on.

“Keep yourself and your family cool – stay in air-conditioning, drink as much water as possible and schedule outdoor activities later in the day,” Ms McMillan 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 and staying SunSmart is available at or 13 11 20.