Expect heat index values of 95-100.
Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool.
The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
About Heat Stress
- Heat stress occurs when your body cannot cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature (37 °C).
- When it is very hot, you may be at increased risk of heat stress.
- Some people are more at risk of heat stress, including babies and young children, the elderly, and people with some health conditions or on certain medications.
Symptoms of heat stress:
- tiredness and lethargy
- feeling faint
- muscle cramps
- feeling thirsty
- urinating less often.
Signs of heat stress:
- pale skin
- excess sweating or no sweating
- dark urine.
Keeping Cool in the Heat
- Drink plenty of fluids: water, diluted juice (mixed with water), low sugar sports drinks.
- Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks (including tea, coffee and energy drinks) as these can increase dehydration.
- Make ice cubes from water or cordial and suck them.
- Wear light-coloured, loose clothing.
- Stay indoors with a fan or air-conditioner on (ensure adequate ventilation if using a fan)
- Take a cool shower or bath, or put your feet in a bowl of cool water.
- Use a spray bottle filled with water, or a wet cloth, to cool your face and body.
- Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool.
- Sleep with just a sheet over you, in the coolest part of the house.
- Limit time spent outdoors: go early morning or late evening, stay in the shade, put on a hat and sunglasses, and apply sunscreen.
- Always carry a water bottle when out.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
Animals are vulnerable during extremely hot and humid weather.
If you let them outside to do their business, make sure you limit the time spent outdoors.
Keep a container of cool water available for him/her both inside and out.