NSW residents who suffer from asthma have been warned to be on high alert and take extreme precaution, as a thunderstorm is expected to hit later this afternoon (and possibly tomorrow).

Following from the hot temps of the weekend, the weather today has been high (reaching up to 34 in Sydney and in the west), and the forecast is of a high pollen count – all of which are potentially life-threatening conditions for asthma sufferers.

Last month, eight people in Melbourne tragically died as a result of ‘thunderstorm asthma’. This occurred when a storm hit on a hot, windy day when there were high levels of pollen in the air.

Asthma Australia has released tips on how to manage thunderstorm asthma:

  • Always carry your blue reliever with you (Ventolin, Asmol, Bricanyl, or Airomir)
  • Know the signs of worsening asthma and the first aid steps
  • If you are concerned your asthma is worsening, call 000
  • Stay inside during and after a thunderstorm, and keep your windows and doors closed.

Be safe out there!