Coping with the heat – drink more than usual and stay out of the sun

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Coping with the heat - drink more than usual and stay out of the sunWith temperatures forecast to remain high again during the coming week, the Health Division is reiterating the importance of keeping well hydrated during these hot summer months

It warns that the high temperatures cause water to be lost from the body at fast rates, which can result in dehydration, and possibly heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

These current extreme conditions of heat can affect anyone, but those that run a greater risk include older people, babies, young children, people with chronic conditions and the physically active.

To avoid these effects it is important to:

* Keep out of the heat by avoiding unnecessary exposure to the sun between 10am and 4pm

* Stay in the coolest parts of the home and workplace.

* Drink regularly and eat more fresh and cold food.

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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