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Heatwaves are caused by extremely hot and humid days with very little air movement to cool things down. This means that most of the heat gets trapped close to the ground and lower air levels.
As the temperature raises, people, animals and plants suffer from heat stress. Heat stress is defined as too much heat absorbed by a person, animal or plant causing stress, illness or even death.
The Department of Health’s Heatwave Response and Action Plan aims to:
For more information and advice about heatwaves, go to: