Ambulance Victoria will increase the number of paramedics and call-taking staff working on Sunday amid heightened concerns about thunderstorm asthma.
The weather bureau is forecasting hot weather, high humidity, possible thunderstorms and a cool change overnight Sunday and into Monday after a hot, humid day.
But the temperatures and winds would be much milder than those experienced during the thunderstorm asthma event 11 days ago.
Eight people died and around 8,500 people were treated for asthma following a thunderstorm and cool change on November 21.
Health authorities were at pains to avoid the term ‘warning’ in the context of thunderstorm asthma, which they continue to insist was a “very rare phenomenon”.
But they wanted people with hayfever, grass allergies or asthma to be aware of the conditions, Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Holman said.
“This is really just a way of going out to say we’ve learned some lessons from last week already,” he said.
“We’re out there now preparing, looking at what the risks are and then trying to mitigate those risks.”
Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest said it was important people with asthma were aware of their asthma plan and had medication on hand.
“No-one should be alarmed, [but it’s a] good idea to be alert,” he said.
“If people are aware of the conditions keep in touch with their health care provider be it ambulance, nurse practitioner, general practitioner, pharmacist, then all should be well.”