Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

North Qld heatwave taking health toll

By Jessica Nairn, Thursday January 31, 2013 - 12:30 EDT

North Queensland health authorities says there has been a spike in the number of people being treated for heat exhaustion.

High temperatures across north Queensland are set to continue for the rest of this week, with humidity levels also climbing.

The Townsville Hospital's Dr Carl O'Cane says people should seek medical help if they have symptoms of heat exhaustion.

"The things you've got to look out for is feeling hot, in particular if you stop sweating, a sign that your body is starting to shut down," he said.

"If you have a rapid pulse, often people get a headache sometimes even dizzy, people who are working with others might notice they are becoming confused."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

North Island set for a soaking this week

13:34 EDT

Residents of New Zealand's North Island are expecting a wet start to the working week.

Lighting up southwest WA

11:31 EDT

Whilst northern parts of Western Australia have seen their fair share of thunderstorms recently, southwestern and southern parts of the state have seen far fewer.

Heating up in Sydney

16:59 EDT

Temperatures have been steadily climbing across the Sydney basin today, the second day of a prolonged period of heat for the region.