Asthma sufferers and those with other respiratory illnesses are being warned there will be a greater risk of attacks over the next four weeks.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District's Public Health Unit director Tracey Oakman said anyone who wheezes and sneezes during spring could be at risk of an asthma event during a thunderstorm.
“Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles which can be inhaled more deeply into the lungs,” she siad.
“People should be prepared, not alarmed, and anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high risk period.
“Where possible avoid being outside during thunderstorms over the next four weeks.”
If anyone experiences breathing difficulties it is essential to seek medical help immediately. In the event of an asthma emergency, dial triple zero (000) immediately.