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Health warning as heatwave hits Pilbara, Kimberley this weekend

People in WA’s north are urged to take care and stay cool as the region experiences a heatwave, with temperatures tipped to reach 47 degrees this weekend.

Dr Andrew Jamieson, of WA Country Health Service, is advising residents to limit their time outdoors and take steps to avoid heat stress as a heatwave hits the Pilbara and Kimberley today. It is expected to last until Monday.

“Heat stress occurs when your body cannot cool itself to maintain a healthy temperature,” he said.

“Some people are more at risk of developing heat stress, including babies and young children, the elderly, and people with some health conditions or on certain medications.

“If you’re very sick go to your nearest hospital or call 000.”

Dr Jamieson said symptoms of heat stress included feeling tired or faint, dizziness, feeling thirsty, pale skin and dark urine.

He advised people to drink plenty of water, limit their time outdoors, wear lightweight clothing and use sunscreen and wear a hat during the day.

People are urged to stay clear of alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they can increase dehydration.

FORECAST

Pannawonica: Friday a maximum of 45C; Saturday a minimum of 28C and a maximum of 47C; Sunday a minimum of 29C and a maximum of 47C; Monday a minimum of 27C and a maximum of 45C.

Marble Bar: Saturday min 31C, max 46C; Sunday min 32C, max 46C; Monday min 29C, max 45C.

Paraburdoo: Saturday min 27C, max 45C; Sunday min 29C, max 45C; Monday min 27C, max 45C.

Fitzroy Crossing: Saturday min 29C, max 46C; Sunday min 29C, max 44C; min 28C, max 43C.

Other suburbs in the Pilbara and Kimberley are forecast for maximums in the mid-40s and minimums in the high 20s.

Meanwhile in Perth, people are set of a lovely weekend with temperatures around 30C.

Saturday: sunny and a top of 29C, minimum of 13C.

Sunday: sunny and 31C, min 15C.

Monday: sunny and 30C, min 17.

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