The Malta Independent 9 August 2020, Sunday

Health warning on high temperatures in coming days

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 13:44 Last update: about 11 days ago

As the temperature continues to rise, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate would like to advise the public on the importance of keeping well hydrated during the hot summer months. 

The temperature today will reach a high of 34 degrees, with a feel like of 37. In the coming days, this is expected to go up  to a maximum of 36 degrees with a feel like of 39, according to the Met Office.

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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 everyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies, 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 water regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food

                      Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more     than help

                      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

                      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.

 

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