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