Top tips to beat summer heat

Lake Macquarie City Council

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The first week of summer is already bringing the heat, with temperatures expected to soar upwards of 30 degrees. To help, we’re sharing our top tips to help you stay cool and safe over the coming months.

Cool off at a Lake Mac Swim Centre

There’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing swim at one of our Lake Mac Swim Centres. Our city boasts six swim centres decked out with splashpads as well as indoor and outdoor pools. Our team is always hosting fun events that cater to all, including aqua fitness, learn to swim classes, squad training and more. Find out where you can make a splash at

Read a book in air-conditioned bliss at one of our Lake Mac Libraries

Chill out at our 11 cool, air-conditioned libraries. Escape the heat and adventure into a world of drama, romance, and thrill-seeking with hundreds of books, magazines, and newspapers on offer. If you’re still looking for more, our libraries host fun activities, free Wi-Fi and computer access.

Visit a shopping centre or cinema

If you don’t have air-conditioning at home, spend time in a cool place like a library, shopping centre or cinema.

Look after your furry friends

Make sure your pets have plenty of shade and enough cool water to last the day. Putting ice cubes in their bowl is a great way to help keep their water cooler for longer. Check on them regularly, and if they are not coping, consider letting them inside until the temperature drops.

Health tips to stay cool

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Plan your day around the heat – avoid being outdoors between 1pm and 5pm
  • Minimise physical activity in the heat
  • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks
  • Check on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives, especially if they live alone
  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Cool your house by shading windows, shutting curtains and, if it’s safe to do so, opening windows at night to let cool air in
  • If you have an air-conditioner, make sure it’s working before you need it.

For other tips go to NSW Health’s Beat the Heat page. The website contains key information on how to stay health in the heat, recognise heat-related illness and how you can care for people that are at a higher risk in heated temperatures. of heat-related illness.

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