As parts of South Australia brace for a heatwave, additional accommodation and services have be made available for those living on the streets.
Responding to the extreme weather, the state government activated a regional “Code Red” from Sunday evening to Thursday morning to help keep the homeless cool and hydrated.
Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the response was activated after advice from the State Emergency Service about severe heatwave conditions in a number of areas.
They include Clare, Port Augusta, the Riverland and Murray Bridge.
“During a Code Red activation, Housing SA, together with its non-government partners, makes additional accommodation and services available for extended hours for people sleeping rough in the hot weather,” Ms Lensink said.
She also urged South Australians to check in on the elderly, people who live alone, with a disability or mental illness and those who are housebound.
Peak temperatures are predicted for Monday ahead of a gusty, mild change.
There is also the possibility of Severe to Extreme fire dangers for parts of SA on Monday.
Adelaide is forecast for temperatures ranging from the low to high 30s from Friday to Wednesday, with Monday’s temperature predicted to reach 37C.
But Bureau of Meteorology climate specialist Dr Naomi Benger said it was the elevated minimum temperatures over that period that would gave little reprieve at night time.
Dr Benger said the areas of the Riverlands, the Upper South East and inland Eyre Peninsula would begin experiencing a low intensity heatwave on Friday.
“That develops for most of the southern part of South Australia for three days (from) Saturday through to Monday,” Dr Benger said.
“And that intensifies into early next week with some parts also experiencing severe heatwave conditions.
“Then we start to see some relief by mid-to-late this week, where we have a weak front bringing a bit of relief especially to the southern parts of the state.”
SES heatwave warnings and alerts will be issued as weather forecasts came to hand over the weekend.
“Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, keep cool and regularly check on those at risk such as the elderly,” an SA SES spokeswoman said.