Heat health warning issued for expected high temperatures

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Summer heat health warning issued for expected high temperaturesAccording to the Met Office and local weather sites, it is expected that the maximum temperature will continue to rise further in the following days.

The Health Division has therefore issued advice for the public on the importance of keeping well hydrated during the hot summer months.

It warned that the heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies and young children, people with chronic conditions and physically active people.

Water can be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration in high temperatures. It can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

To avoid the effects of the expected hot weather the Health Division said that it is important to:

• Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11.00am till 4.00pm.

• Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work

• Drink regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food

• Seek medical advice if you have any concerns

If anyone requires medical assistance or advice on heat related symptoms, they can do so by visiting their nearest Government health centre.

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