Rapidly rising temperatures: how to avoid heat wave effects

With temperatures rising to 36°C, to feel like 38°C, the Health Department has issued a public warning with recommendations to avoid heat exhaustion

27 June 2017, 10:28am
The maximum temperature is expected to continue to rise further over the coming days, prompting the Health Division to issue a public warning.

The general public is being advised to keep hydrated during the hot summer months.

Why are high temperatures dangerous?

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 run a greater risk of serious harm including the elderly, babies and young children, people with chronic conditions, and physically active people. 

How do I avoid the effects of a heat wave?
  • Keep out of the heat by avoiding unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day – usually between 11am and 4pm
  • Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts at home and at the workplace
  • Drink regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold foods
  • Seek medical advice if you have any concerns