experience of heat

Socio-cultural reflections on heat in Australia with implications for health and climate change adaptation

Banwell C, Dixon J, Bambrick H. Edwards F, Kjellstrom T

Background : Australia has a hot climate with maximum summer temperatures in its major cities frequently exceeding 35°C. Although ‘heat waves’ are an annual occurrence, the associated heat-related deaths among vulnerable groups, such as older people, suggest that Australians could be better prepared to deal with extreme heat. Objective : To understand ways in which a vulnerable sub-population adapt their personal behaviour to cope with heat within the context of Australians’ relationship with heat.