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Heat waves and our health

Heat waves and our health

By Cassandra Tanti - June 24, 2019

The Monaco government has issued a health warning as the temperatures soar across Europe this week.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures in the low to mid 30’s this week as a heatwave spreads across Europe

Forecasts show Monaco reaching the low 30’s by Thursday, and possibly higher later in the week. With these hotter temps comes a higher risk of heat-related complications, such as dehydration and sun stroke. The elderly, children, the ill and pregnant women are affected most.  

But there are steps that can be taken to lessen the stress that heat puts on the body, and the health department has issued some advice.   

They are: avoid being outside between 11am and 5pm, which are generally considered the hottest hours of the day. If you must be outside, wear lightweight, light coloured clothing and hats and avoid strenuous exercise. Spend at least two to three hours in a cool place and take regular cool, not cold, baths or showers. Drink at least 1.5 litres of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Stay away from alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks, as they speed up dehydration in the body and avoid being around concentrated sources of heat like ovens.

It is important to keep a special eye on loved ones and friends who are at higher risk, so reach out regularly to them to be on the safe side. If someone you know or you yourself are suffering from extreme heat, contact the fire brigade on 112 immediately.

 By following these easy guidelines, everyone can enjoy summer fun-in-the-sun, without stress.

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