Health unit is­sues week­end heat warn­ing

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Pre­pare for yet an­other scorch­ing hot week­end.

The Perth Dis­trict health unit is­sued a heat warn­ing Fri­day af­ter tem­per­a­tures and hu­midex lev­els are ex­pected to be ex­treme start­ing Satur­day.

The health unit is­sues th­ese warn­ings when tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to reach a day­time high of at least 31 C with day­time lows hov­er­ing around 20 C or a hu­midex of 40 C or higher for two con­sec­u­tive days.

The health unit is ask­ing peo­ple to take all nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions, not­ing ex­treme heat can cause de­hy­dra­tion, heat ex­haus­tion, heat stroke and even death.

Pop­u­la­tion groups that are at higher risk of suf­fer­ing from heatre­lated ill­ness in­clude se­niors, in­fants and young chil­dren, and peo­ple with chronic ill­nesses or who take cer­tain med­i­ca­tions.

The health unit is also en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to check on fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours who may be at risk dur­ing this time.

What to do dur­ing a heat warn­ing

• Drink plenty of cool liq­uids, es­pe­cially wa­ter

• Avoid out­door ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the hottest times of the day; resched­ule or plan them for the cooler times of the day

• Wear loose-fit­ting, light-coloured cloth­ing made of breath­able fab­ric

• Never leave peo­ple or pets

in­side a parked ve­hi­cle or in di­rect sun­light

• Take a break from the heat by spend­ing a few hours in a cool place, such as a tree-shaded area, swim­ming fa­cil­ity, or an air-con­di­tioned spot, such as a pub­lic build­ing, shop­ping mall, gro­cery store, or pub­lic li­brary

• Take cool show­ers or baths un­til you feel re­freshed

• Pre­pare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven

• Block sun out by clos­ing cur­tains or blinds dur­ing the day

• Avoid sun ex­po­sure. Shade your­self by wear­ing a wide-brimmed, breath­able hat or by us­ing an um­brella

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