KEEP COOL: Roma Ambulance Service encourage everyone to keep hydrated and cool during this heat wave.
KEEP COOL: Roma Ambulance Service encourage everyone to keep hydrated and cool during this heat wave. Molly Hancock

Heatwave rocks region

THE Maranoa is in the fierce grip of an oppressive heatwave, with no sign of a cool change on the horizon until Tuesday next week.

Annabelle Ford from the Bureau of Meterorology said warm air was to blame for the heat.

"It has been building up for a while because of a static weather pattern and so over the last several days, the air got stagnant, which has allowed the heat to build up.”

"Unfortunately, this isn't going to change for the next few days.

"The temperature will drop a couple of degrees over weekend, but will sit well above average into next week due to no change in air mass.”

Dr Chris Buck from South West Hospital said hot weather could adversely affect a person's health if precautions were not taken to avert risk early.

"Heat-related illnesses have the potential to be life-threatening and may include heat stroke,'' he said.

"Symptoms may vary from patient to patient but it is important to be aware of the various illnesses and the warning signs.

"A person suffering from heat exhaustion may present with symptoms that include muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.

"If you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness, you should seek medical assistance immediately or phone Triple Zero.”

Melanie Calvert, clinical manager at Pinaroo Retirement Village, said staff were taking every precaution necessary to avoid any of the residents suffering from heat related illnesses.

"We've had fliers sent to us from Queensland health giving us advice on how to maintain the health of residents,” she said.

"We're doing our best to ensure that they stay hydrated, and we've done this by providing ice blocks, staying out of the sunshine, keeping cool, making sure the air conditioners are always on, keeping doors closed and making sure everyone is looking out for each other.

"Our highly trained nurses are aware of the signs of heat-related illness and if necessary we call our GP and treat the situation immediately.”

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