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Beat the heat: stay hydrated and avoid alcohol

With temperatures set to reach 35 degrees Celsius, the Health Directorate urges public to stay hydrated, avoid the sun and eat fresh food

1 August 2016, 12:40pm
If you have pets, make sure that their water bowl is always full with fresh water
If you have pets, make sure that their water bowl is always full with fresh water
Temperatures in Malta are expected to rise to 35 degrees Celsius, prompting the health promotion directorate to issue a health warning on staying safe in the sun.

“Stay hydrated, drinks lots of water and cool drinks,” the directorate said.

High temperatures, it said, cause the body to lose more water leading to dehydration. Long exposure in the sun can also cause a sunstroke.

Heat can affect everyone, but the most vulnerable remain the elderly, babies and young children. People with chronic conditions and those who are very active, have a bigger chance of being affected.

When in doubt, consult your doctor. Meanwhile, here are a few tips:
  1. Avoid the sun between 11am and 4pm
  2. Seek cool places, both at home and work
  3. Drink water regularly and avoid alcohol
  4. Eat fresh food


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