SYDNEY, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Beach lovers were warned to keep safe in the sea as heatwave continued to sweep states in east Australia.
Beaches along the east coast were crowded with swimmers, surfers and sunbathers as temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of Sydney and 35 degrees on the coast. The Bureau of Meteorology also warned about severe heatwave conditions in isolated areas of inland Queensland and northern New South Wales (NSW) from Monday to Wednesday.
NSW Police and Emergency Service said on Tuesday that since Friday, there have been four drowning deaths and a record-breaking 303 rescues performed by lifeguards, 1,200 first aids and 15,560 preventative actions.
"I want to issue an urgent warning to anyone wanting to escape the heatwave at our beaches, despite the efforts of lifesavers, careless behavior in the water and irresponsible rock fishing will lead to drowning," NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce also encouraged people going to beaches to download relevant app to keep updated on the latest safety advice and shape travel plan beforehand.