Coping with hot weather
Hot weather can affect your health, causing dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Take simple precautions to stay healthy during hot weather:
- drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol
- seek shade where possible and minimise the time you spend in the sun between 10am and 3pm
- wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and loose fitting garments made from natural fibres
- limit physical activity
- cool your house by closing windows and shutting curtains and blinds during the day
- take care of others, particularly elderly friends, neighbours and relatives.
What happens to your body in extreme heat
Signs of heat-related illness include:
- loss of sweating.
People showing any of these signs should seek urgent medical attention.