Health impacts

Heatwaves are the most lethal type of weather event in Australia.

Longer, more frequent and extreme heatwaves will make it more uncomfortable for visitors and residents of the NT. Heat stress puts young children and the elderly at particular risk of heatstroke or heart attack. More extreme hot days and heat waves can further compromise people with cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases such as asthma.

Mosquito-borne disease (e.g. Ross River virus, Dengue fever) and infectious disease epidemics are projected to increase as a result of higher temperatures and increased humidity.

Rising temperatures nationwide are leading to increased stress, anxiety and depression, and in the worst cases, even suicide.

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