Health alert:
Date Issued:
11 Mar 2013
Issued by:
Dr Rosemary Lester, Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to:
Local government authorities, health and aged sector, government departments and agencies, service providers and community groups

Key messages

  • A heat health alert has been issued for the Central District (11, 12 & 13 March) and South West District (12 March).
  • This is an alert only, to advise of forecast heatwave conditions.
  • You and your organisation should monitor local conditions and respond through your existing service continuity, heatwave or other relevant action plans.
  • All forecasts and current temperatures are available from the Bureau of Meteorology website.

What is the issue?

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures above heat health thresholds for Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March 2013.

Note that the predicted mean temperatures for the Central District (11, 12 & 13 March) and South West District (12 March) are expected to meet the heat health temperature threshold of 30C due to high overnight minimum temperatures.

Who is at risk?

  • Central District (based on forecasts for Melbourne) on Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March   2013.
  • South West District (based on forecasts for Hamilton) on Tuesday 12 March 2013.


The Department of Health is issuing this alert in order to allow you to make any preparations necessary to respond to heatwave conditions given the many impacts hot weather can have on human health, normal operations and essential services.