Australia has just seen a record number of bad weather-related deaths, with more than 3,600 people dying in the last month alone.
The death toll has jumped from 961 in the first quarter of this year to 1,000 in the latest month, and the total number of deaths from weather-linked deaths in Australia is up more than 40 per cent over the past five years.
The Government has been quick to point the finger at climate change, saying it is partly to blame for rising temperatures and more severe weather.
But the ABC has learned that the Government has yet to provide a detailed breakdown of the cause of the deaths.
The Department of Emergency Services has acknowledged that the majority of the fatalities are related to heatwaves.
“What we’re doing is working with the Australian public to get to the root cause of a lot of the bad-weather related deaths,” a department spokesperson told the ABC.
“We are working to make sure that the most important lessons that are being learnt about the causes of heatwaves and colds are applied to other types of weather.”
The department has issued a number of guidelines and advisories to help local communities cope with weather.
The most common advice is for people to stay indoors, but it has also advised against driving.
It has also recommended that people wear long sleeves and pants, and wear a face shield when outdoors.
It is also advised to avoid going outside if possible.
It also advises people to wear hats and protective clothing, and not to drive if the weather is severe.
The department also said people should be aware of the “dangers of excessive heat, excessive humidity, poor visibility and extreme heat” during the heatwave.
But it is also warning people to be cautious of the weather forecast and to make their own decisions about what to do.
The weather agency said the worst-case scenario for heatwave-related fatalities in Australia in June was a maximum of five deaths and two hospitalisations.
But there is still a long way to go.
It warns people to always stay within their own heatwave zones, which will include the south-east of the country.
“In some parts of the world, the heatwaves are not the same as Australia’s,” the agency said.
The best way to stay safe is to stay within your heatwave zone.””
For example, there can be hot, dry days, or cold, wet days, and these extremes can cause heatwave fatalities.”
The best way to stay safe is to stay within your heatwave zone.
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