With temperatures predicted to hit 32°C on Tuesday, Dr Susan Turnbull has warned that the heat could cause significant harm to vulnerable people or individuals who fail to take precautions.
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She added: ‘This is especially important for those groups at highest risk, including older people – especially those over 75 – as well as babies, young children and people with a chronic medical condition, especially heart or respiratory problems.’
The Health Department has now issued a number of tips for staying safe in the hot weather, including advising Islanders to take cool baths or showers, drinking cold drinks regularly and avoiding tea, coffee and alcohol.
Islanders are also urged to wear loose, cool clothing and to avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day – between 11 am and 3 pm.
The department also reminded Islanders not to leave children or pets in cars, even for very short periods and asked for people to check-up on friends and relatives who may need assistance.