A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could negatively affect human health. A heatwave can also affect community infrastructure (such as the power supply and public transport) and other services.

Victoria assists with heatwave planning, and supports heatwave research.

The department's heat health alert system notifies local governments, program areas, hospitals and statewide and major metropolitan health and community service providers and the general community of forecast extreme heat and heatwave conditions which are likely to impact on human health.

Alerts and newsletters

You can subscribe to heat health alerts. You can also view the latest newsletter.