Keep cool and hydrated to beat the heat

A boy drinks from a fountain. Source: Christchurch City Council

It’s a long-held view that summer’s hottest days arrive just as the children return to school – and that’s set to ring true with a week of high temperatures forecast throughout Canterbury over the coming days.

Forecasters are predicting a run of hot days starting tomorrow (26th January), peaking on Monday (28th January) with a forecast high of 32 degrees in Christchurch. At present highs of 28 to 30 are forecast to continue after this through to next weekend (2nd and 3rd February).

Several other Canterbury towns are predicted to get five scorching days of 30+ degree temperatures from Monday 28th January.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says older people, children and those with underlying medical conditions are most at risk from the impacts of heat stress.

“It’s especially important to stay out of the sun, avoid extreme physical exertion and ensure that babies, children, and elderly people (and pets) are not left alone in stationary cars.”

Dr Humphrey says extreme heat can affect blood pressure and hydration, and he urges people to seek help if they feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst or a headache.

“Good hydration is key. Try to consume at least two litres of water a day and avoid drinking alcohol in the hot weather as it speeds up dehydration.”

“Look after each other and keep an eye out for your mates who may not be aware that they are getting overheated.”

Remember to be SunSmart (Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap) if outdoors.

Residents are advised to keep their houses cool by opening windows to get a breeze, closing curtains to keep the sun out and consider using the cool cycle on heat pumps.

What to do if you feel unwell and are concerned about your health, or someone else’s.

Seek medical advice by calling your own general practice team. After hours you can call the usual practice number for free health advice from a registered nurse for #carearoundtheclock.

Call 111 in a life-threatening emergency.

Source: Canterbury DHB media advisory (25th January 2019).

Published on Friday, January 25th, 2019, under News
Page last updated: 29/01/2019

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