Paramedics treat woman suffering from dehydration on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as rising temperatures take their toll on Australia Day punters
- Searing heatwave caused a woman to collapse while on Sydney Harbour Bridge
- The woman, in her 50s, was completing the Bridge Climb just before midday
- Paramedics had to climb the arch to reach her before carrying her down
A searing heatwave caused one woman’s Australia Day celebrations to come to a halt after she collapsed due to dehydration atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Emergency Services were called to the iconic Sydney landmark just before midday after reports a woman fell ill while doing the Bridge Climb.
Paramedics had to climb the length of the arch themselves to reach the patient before she was carried back down.
Emergency Services were called to the iconic Sydney landmark just before midday after reports a woman fell ill while doing the Bridge Climb (pictured)
Australia Day revellers are being told to host festivities in the morning amidst a huge heatwave
She was then rushed to hospital in a stable condition, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The day synonymous with beer and barbecuing was endured in blistering heats, as parts of the country surpassed 40C.
Paramedics have responded to 20 heat-related reports across New South Wales so far.
Health authorities have issued multiple warnings to stay indoors while the sun is out and urge people against overdrinking in the sun.
Sydney’s temperatures hit 33C with abnormally high humidity, forcing thousands of revellers to the beach.
While many took to the outdoorst NSW Health’s Richard Broome urged people to stay indoors.
‘Perhaps think about having a breakfast BBQ rather than an afternoon BBQ, or even postpone your activities until after it gets dark,’ he said.
‘We understand people do like to enjoy a beer, but please do it in moderation.’
Sydney’s temperatures hit 33C with abnormally high humidity, forcing thousands of revellers to the beach
Thousands of Sydneysiders flocked to Bondi Beach to escape the blistering 33C in the city
Thousands of Sydneysiders flocked to Bondi Beach to escape the blistering 33C in the city.
Many beachgoers got into the festivities, donning bikinis with the Australian flag emblazoned on them.
Regardless of whether they were at the beach to frolic, tan or play, Bondi’s iconic lifeguards were working overtime keeping everyone safe.
The city’s west felt the heat the worst, with some areas peaking at 43C just after midday.
With temperatures soaring (pictured) towards 45C, beaches will be sure to pack with celebrators
Heath authorities are warning revellers to seek shade from the sun this searing Australia Day
South-western suburbs didn’t escape the scorching weather, with Campbelltown and Liverpool reaching a blistering 39C.
Sydney’s temperature is forecast to stay in the high 20s for the rest of the afternoon, before dipping to an evening low of 23C.
With the humidity remaining high and the sun not setting until about 8pm, expect the beaches to remain packed with festive punters until Saturday evening.
AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND FORECAST
Friday: Min 12, Max 27, sunny
Saturday: Min 15, Max 31, sunny
Sunday: Min 16, Max 34, sunny
Friday: Min 25, Max 31, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 18, Max 29, partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 16, Max 28, cloud clearing
Friday: Min 20, Max 37, hot, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 17, Max 23, late shower or two
Sunday: Min 14, Max 24, partly cloudy
Friday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely
Saturday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely
Sunday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely
Friday: Min 21, Max 29, mostly sunny
Saturday: Min 23, Max 33, sunny
Sunday: Min 23, Max 32, partly cloudy
Friday: Min 29, Max 44, windy, afternoon cool change
Saturday: Min 19, Max 27, partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 18, Max 23, partly cloudy
Friday: Min 23, Max 32, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 23, Max 32, partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 23, Max 32, mostly sunny
Friday: Min 16, Max 39, hot and sunny
Saturday: Min 22, Max 40, hot partly, cloudy
Sunday: Min 21, Max 35, shower or two
Source: Bureau of Meteorology