Extreme heat kills more Australians than any other climate disaster. Global heating and climate change are causing heat waves to be hotter, to happen more often and to last longer. Burning fossil fuels, like coal, oil and gas, release polluting greenhouse gases that are the major contributor to global heating. We must act on global heating, to protect our health.
In hot weather, we try to keep our internal body temperature to around 37℃ by sweating. But our bodies can eventually overheat, especially if we do not drink enough fluid or move to a cooler place. Illness caused by overheating can be mild to severe.
Find out how heat affects your health and what you can do: