Coogee Beach emerges as a refuge for residents seeking respite amidst the ongoing heatwave. The recent weather has prompted a surge in beach activity despite concerns about extreme heat and heightened sun exposure.
Clive Stiff, head lifeguard overseeing Coogee Beach, expressed vigilance and concern for the safety of beach goers amidst the oppressive heat.
“We’re mostly worried about sun safety and hydration, both for members of the public and members of the Patrol of course,” Stiff emphasised, acknowledging the need for heightened precautions during this period.
Despite the searing conditions, beach enthusiasts like Carley Carr remain undeterred, embracing the opportunity to savour the long-awaited summer weather.
“It’s about time that we had a good summer. So we’ll be down at the beach probably early and staying inside for middle of the day,” Carr remarked, showcasing a relaxed yet cautious approach toward enjoying the warmth while acknowledging the necessity of tempering exposure during peak heat hours.
NSW Health’s Essential Guidelines to Stay Cool
Amidst the soaring temperatures, NSW Health issued vital tips to prevent heat-related illnesses during extreme weather conditions:
- Utilise Cooling Resources: Use air-conditioning or electric fans if available. Fans may be less effective in temperatures exceeding 39 degrees Celsius.
- Appropriate Attire: Wear light, loose-fitting clothes for better ventilation and comfort.
- Time Outdoor Activities: Minimise outdoor exposure during peak heat. Seek shade or shelter if necessary.
- Indoor Comfort: Close curtains, spend time in the coolest areas of your home, and limit heat-generating activities.
- Manage Physical Exertion: Engage in physical tasks during cooler times, such as early mornings.
- Reduce Heat Generation: Minimise stove and oven use to prevent further indoor heating.
- Cooling Techniques: Use cool water to wet skin, apply cool packs on neck and shoulders, and take cool showers or baths.
- Seek Cool Environments: Find air-conditioned public facilities or cooler areas nearby.
- Ventilate Living Spaces: Open windows and doors during cooler outdoor temperatures to allow fresh air indoors.
As Coogee Beach draws crowds seeking relief from the heat, adherence to these guidelines remains crucial to mitigating heat-related risks amidst the ongoing heatwave.