REGION - The Chief Health Officer has issued a Heat Health Alert for the Northern Grampians Shire for tomorrow and Sunday with temperatures in the 40s forecast across the weekend.
Heat Health Alerts are issued when the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts temperatures above heat health thresholds for particular days.
To prevent heat related illness, residents and urged to drink plenty of water, avoid going outside during the heat of the day, limit physical activity and seek medical assistance if feeling unwell.
They are also reminded not to leave children or animals inside parked vehicles.
Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin said some people in the community were particularly vulnerable on Heat Health Alert days, and urged residents to check on their friends, family and neighbours.
"People need to look after themselves and also check on older, sick or frail people who may need help coping with the heat. Infants and young children are also vulnerable to heat stress," he said.
"It's really important to keep as cool as you can, stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water and keep in touch with others.
"Our Home and Community Care team will be paying special attention to all their clients on these hot days but we also encourage our residents to check in with any friends or family who may be especially susceptible to heat stress."
In the event of an emergency Council may open emergency relief centres.
Council may also extend the opening hours of its pools to help people to stay cool on Heat Health Alert days.
All updates about any relief centres and changes to pool opening hours will be posted on Council's website and available from customer service on 5358 8700 (Stawell) or 5495 1500 (St Arnaud).