Environment How to survive a long, hot El Nino summer

How to survive a long, hot El Nino summer

There are often spikes of emergency hospital admissions during times of high temperatures says Professor Adrian Barnett, from Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).

Professor Barnett’s advice is to “check on your older relatives, friends or neighbours as these conditions can come on quite quickly as people may not realise they are dehydrated or over stressing their heart.

“Signs of dehydration include headaches, feeling dizzy, and slurred speech – that’s the real warning sign that you have to slow down, get out of the heat and drink water.

“The best way to help your body cope and reduce the burden on it is to think ahead and plan trips for the cool part of the day. Getting stuck in a traffic jam going up the coast in the middle of the day is not good for your hydration, or your temper.

“Don’t stop exercising, just do it early in the morning or in the evening. Avoiding alcohol is hard at this time of year, but alcohol is a great dehydrator so match a drink with a glass of water.”

Professor Barnett also said food poisoning increased in the hot months and urges people to take care with preparation and storage.

Barnett’s tips will help people to manage as we move into an El Niño weather pattern predicted to be the strongest yet.

Read more here: Queensland University of Technology.