Heat waves occur at regular intervals in our latitudes. In addition, due to global warming, a more frequent occurrence of prolonged periods of intense heat is to be expected. A heat wave is defined as a period of persistent day and night temperatures that cause a massive burden on the health of people or at-risk groups. The WHO recommends the development of strategies, plans and sets of measures to best prepare the population for heat stress days and to effectively manage the tasks of the Austrian Public Health Service (ÖGD) arising from the occurrence of heat waves.
Styrian Heat Protection Plan (pdf, 3 Mb)