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Feelin’ hot hot hot – tips to beat the heat this summer

16 December 2019

Summer is in full swing, and it’s starting to get hot hot hot across the region.

Darling Downs Public Health Director Dr Penny Hutchinson said it is important to be mindful that hot weather can lead to numerous heat related health conditions like dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke.

“Heat stroke occurs when a person’s core body temperature becomes high and doesn’t cool down,” Dr Hutchinson said.

“The condition can be caused by not drinking enough water, spending too much time in the sun and not being able to cool down quickly.

“With temperatures increasing across the region, everyone is at risk.”

Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, headaches, nausea or vomiting, fainting and bright or dark urine indicating dehydration.

How to prevent a heat-related illness:

  • Heading outside? Ensure you wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts.
  • Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and hide this summer. The higher the SPF the better.
  • Keep an eye on the colour of your wee. It needs to be clear or pale straw in colour, if it’s darker you need to drink more water.heck on your mates. The hot weather affects the elderly and frail more than others. Check on your family and friends.
  • Feeling the heat? Hop in a cool bath or shower, wrap a wet wash cloth around your neck or soak your feet in a basin of water.
  • Drink plenty of water consistently throughout the day. Coffee, alcohol and sweetened drinks cause dehydration, so drink in moderation.
  • Take time to adjust to the warmer environment. Pace yourself and limit strenuous outdoor activity where possible. Change your routine to exercise in the morning or when it’s cooler.
  • Find some cool air. If your home doesn’t have air-conditioning, head somewhere like a shopping centre, pool, library, or cinema.
Last updated: 16 December 2019