A heatwave is on its way for many parts of New South Wales, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned.
Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are due in several areas over the next three days.
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BoM warned parts of western and central western NSW are due to experience the highest temperatures, with the rest of the state expected to have temperatures in the mid to high 30s.
Meanwhile, Sydney and most of the state have avoided the worst of the storms that were forecast on Monday afternoon.
Severe thunderstorms with large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds were recorded near Maitland, Cessnock and the greater Newcastle and greater Wyong areas, the BoM said in a statement.
NSW Police have issued a warning ahead of the heatwave advising people to take care, especially if they were at a higher risk of heat illness, are older, live alone or are socially isolated.
A warning from NSW Health advised people to be hydrated, avoiding alcohol and hot or sugary drinks, limit their physical activity and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day.
“Signs of heat-related illness include confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, weakness, headaches and loss of sweating,” the police statement said.
“Look after those at higher risk, including contacting them to make sure they are coping and have taken appropriate precautions.
“People showing any of these signs should seek urgent medical attention through their GP or local emergency department.”
The NSW Rural Fire Service warned that given the hot and dry conditions forecast for much of the state, residents need to be prepared.
Reminder to be vigilant near the water
NSW Ambulance has called on everyone to be mindful of water safety after two separate incidents in backyard pools in Sydney which left one three-year-old child dead and another child, aged two, in hospital.
“Temperatures are set to rise this week and the warmer temperature often mean more drowning/near drowning as people flock to the beach, pools, lakes and creeks,” the statement said.
NSW Ambulance Chief Superintendent Alan Morrison said it was important not be complacent when children were near the water.
“It only takes a moment for a child to get themselves into trouble around water, so it is absolutely vital they are supervised vigilantly at all times,” Chief Superintendent Morrison said.
“When it comes to pools there should be strict adherence to safety guidelines including keeping gates properly closed, removing any items kids can use to climb fences, displaying a CPR chart at all times and knowing what to do in an emergency.
“Around water, ensure you know where children are at all times and always maintain visual contact with them.
“This remains just as important in public places such as a community pool or the beach; you should never rely on someone else watching the children in your care and ensuring their safety.”