Health alert:
Date Issued:
17 Jan 2014 (This is an update to the previous Alerts issued 13 January, 15 January and 16 January 2014.)
Issued by:
Dr Rosemary Lester, Chief Health Officer
Issued to:
Local government authorities, health and aged sector, government departments and agencies, service providers and community groups

What is the issue?

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures above heat health thresholds for the week of Monday 13 to Saturday 18 January 2014. This alert provides a summary of the predicted mean temperatures across Victoria.

Note that the predicted mean temperatures for these districts are expected to meet the heat health temperature threshold of (30, 32 and 34°C) due to high overnight minimum temperatures. Daily maximum temperatures are expected to exceed 44°C across most of Victoria during this week.

Who is at risk?

Temperature thresholds exceeded (per Victorian district)

Temperature thresholds exceeded (per Victorian district)
District Mon 13 Jan Tues 14 Jan Wed 15 Jan Thurs 16 Jan Fri 17 Jan Sat 18 Jan
Central (30°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes
North East (32°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
East Gippsland (30°C) Yes Yes
Northern Country (32°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes
South West (30°C) Yes Yes Yes
West & South Gippsland (30°C) Yes Yes Yes
Mallee (34°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Central (30°C) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wimmera (32°C) Yes Yes Yes

Note: This alert has been updated (17 January 2014) to include East Gippsland district for Friday 17 January and North East district for Saturday 18 January.


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.


Specific queries may be directed to Environmental Health, Department of Health on 1300 761 874 or