We’re going to be experiencing temperatures in the mid 30’s this week, even higher in some areas
It’s a good bet some people could experience heat stroke.
Dr Sue Pollock, medical health officer with Interior Health says there are symptoms to be aware of.
“So the symptoms can range from quite mild to very severe, in which case they could require medical attention. Often people when they first have heat related illness may start with pale, cool or moist skin and as well as some heavy sweating. They may have some cramping in their muscles.”
Dr Pollock says that can progress into dizziness, headaches, confusion and hallucinations.
She says if you are susceptible to heat stroke, it’s always best to find ways to stay cool.
“For example, by being indoors in an air-conditioned building. We recommend people are drinking, plenty of fluids, particularly water. Even if they’re not feeling thirsty, they should be making sure they’re drinking water. As well as planning your outdoor activity.”
Dr. Pollock says sunworshippers do have to be careful at a certain time of day.
“Actually between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm is when the sun’s radiation is the highest. So, try to avoid those hours for outdoor activity.”
If you are going to be outside make sure you wear light coloured clothing and a hat, even carry an umbrella for shade.
And be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated