It is officially ridiculous outside, thank god for air-conditioning and beer to cool us down.
Tips on how to protect yourself when temperatures are
Listen to the weather forecast so that you can plan ahead if a heatwave is on
• Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic fluids.
• Don’t wait to drink until you feel thirsty.
• Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and large amounts of sugar in your drink.
• Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Eat more cold food, like
salads and fruit, which contain water.
• Avoid taking salt tablets unless specified by your doctor.
WARNING: If you have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, or your doctor
usually restricts the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink while
the weather is hot.
Wear appropriate clothing
• Choose loose-fitting, lightweight, light-coloured clothes that cover as
much skin as possible.
• If you go outdoors wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Stay cool indoors
• Avoid going out in the hottest part of the day, that is, between 11am
and 4 pm.
• Stay indoors, in the coolest rooms of your home preferably in the
lowest floor if no air-conditioning is available.
• Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than the outside.
Cool the house during the night by opening the windows.
• Close the curtains in the rooms that get a lot of sun.
• Do not use the stove and oven very often.
• Take cool showers and baths, and frequently wet your hands, face and
back of neck.
• If necessary consider finding a cooler place than your home to spend
the warmest part of the day in, example public buildings such as
libraries, or else at neighbours or relatives who have air-conditioning.
• Reduce or eliminate outdoor strenuous activities during a heat wave.
If you can’t avoid them, keep them for the coolest time of the day, like
• If whilst exerting or working in the heat you feel unwell, breathless
and feel your heart pound, STOP, get in the shade or a cool place and
Taking care of others
• Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car.
• Check on family, friends, neighbours and elderly people who usually
live alone and who do not have air-conditioning.
When to seek advice
• If you get cramps in your arms legs or stomach.
• If you feel weak, have problems sleeping or have feelings of mild
confusion or light-headedness.
If you have any of the above symptoms, rest, stay in a cool place, and drink
water. If these symptoms persist or get worse, seek medical advice.