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High temperatures expected, public warned to take precautions

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High temperatures expected, public warned to take precautionsThe Met Office has said that the maximum temperature is expected to rise to 35 degrees in the following days.

The Health Promotion Directorate said that with this in mind it is advising the public on the importance of keeping well hydrated, by drinking plenty of water and cool drinks during the hot summer months, particularly in the intense heat.

It said to avoid adverse consequences from the effects of the heat as high temperatures cause water to be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration. It can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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.

To avoid the effects of the heat wave 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 until 4.00pm.

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

• Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.

• Drink fresh clear water regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food such as salads.

• Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks can make situation worse.

• Wear light loose fitting clothing.

• never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

• avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day and opt for indoor physical activity.

• walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat .

• Seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

It is also advised to check regularly on older people especially if they live alone and those more at risk.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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