Tourists arriving in SA warned about extreme heat

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People gather at Sydney's Bondi Beach during a heatwave that hit Australia's largest city, November 20, 2015 Reuters/Jason Reed

Visitors landing in Adelaide on Friday are warned about the extreme heat. Bureau of Meteorology announces 40C on Friday and 41C on Saturday.

ABC previously reported that South Australia is expected to experience a low-intensity to severe heatwave throughout the state from today until Sunday.

The SA State Emergency Service says its members will wait for tourists at the Adelaide Airport until midday. They will disseminate information about the heat and how to safely deal with it. SES staff will also hand out bottled water to international passengers.

State duty officer Brenton Clarke explained that the SES members are approaching visitors because they can be vulnerable in extreme heat as they may have not experienced it in their home countries.

“It's about trying to minimise the risk to anybody who is arriving into SA,” Clarke said. “If we provide information before people come down with heat-related illnesses then they are in a better position to manage themselves and prevent these sorts of things happening,” he added.

Clarke said they will also be at the train station on Friday to advise those going to watch the cricket at the Adelaide Oval.

SES advises guests to stay hydrated, avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day and to dress appropriately for the weather.

According to the Country Fire Service, a total fire ban is in place for SA's West Coast district on Friday, as the area is prone to fire.

News.com.au reported that Metropolitan Adelaide and the North East Pastrol district face a high fire danger rating for the day. The rest of South Australia is facing a very high rating.

Meanwhile, Adelaide Metro also encouraged its passengers to utilise its information services. All public transport passengers are advised to plan ahead and take extra precautions when travelling due to extreme heat.

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