The region is set to swelter through another heatwave this weekend as the Bureau of Meteorology has revealed that 2018 was Australia’s third-warmest year on record.
The Annual Climate Statement showed that every single state and territory had above-average day and night-time temperatures with rainfalls in SA reaching their lowest point last year since 2005.
South Australia's annual mean maximum temperature was 1.79 °C warmer than average with Port Augusta reaching 47.7 in December last year.
The town recorded the 9th highest daily maximum temperature in Australia in 2018 and the 2nd highest temperature across SA last year.
CFS are urging residents to prepare for dangerous conditions as the heat sets in.
The SES and SA Health urge the public to exercise extreme care during the heatwave and to take necessary precautions:
- Make contact with elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heat stress.
- Stay indoors and close curtains during the day. Open up your home at night if cooler winds occur.
- Use air-conditioners and fans wherever possible or visit public facilities such as shopping centres, cinemas and libraries.
- Take cold baths or showers and use ice packs or wet towels to cool down.
- Remember that cordless telephones do not work during power outages. Make sure you have alternative means of communication.
- Limit outdoor activities to mornings and evenings.
- Consider the safety of your pets and animals. Wet them down and ensure they have adequate shade and water.