The forecast for temperatures in the high 30s across the Shoalhaven has surf lifesavers on alert for a busy weekend on the beach.
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Come, enjoy and cool off at our iconic beaches, but stay safe, that’s the key message that lifesavers are urging the community to take to heart as the summer heat continues to rise.
With scorching temperatures expected, visitors to the beach are urged to look after their health by staying hydrated, avoiding the worst heat of the day, practicing smart sun safety including wearing sunscreen and a hat, and if experiencing any distress to immediately seek medical treatment.
It’s been a challenging start to summer on our beaches with at least 10 drownings since the beginning of December.
The rising number is a concern for everyone in the life saving community and is also reflected in the national figures.
Across Australia there have been 46 coastal drowning deaths since July including 21 over the first five weeks of summer.
The multiple days of extreme heat traditionally sees members of the public flock to the ocean to cool off, and it's important to realise that while the water may seem inviting, situations can escalate, particularly at unfamiliar beaches so the public need to be aware of the conditions and environments before entering the ocean.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO, Steven Pearce, is urging everyone planning to head to the coastline to cool off to take their safety seriously.
“Lifesavers and lifeguards are out in force but we need the public to take some responsibility for their own safety, and sadly the tragic incidents we have witnessed through December and early January are a tragic reminder of the power of the ocean,” Mr Pearce said.
“There are a number of simple ways you can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable time on the beach. Always swim at a patrolled location between the flags and very importantly, understand how to spot and survive a rip.”
Forecasts form Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) suggest that the mercury will likely hover in the mid-to-late 30s on Saturday, and a similar range of Saturday. Overnight temperatures will fall to between 15 and 18.
Beach Safety Tips
For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe website
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