The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of a severe heatwave starting today across much of southeast Australia. An extreme heatwave, the most intense type you can get, will engulf south eastern New South Wales, Canberra and parts of Tasmania. Extreme intensity heatwaves can have health impacts on even healthy people if they don’t find ways to remain cool. news.com.au
In Victoria we are being warned to brace for an extreme heatwave and high humidity over the next 48 hours that it’s a danger to our health. These heatwave conditions will see the mercury hit 43C on today, Jan 31, with even hotter temperatures of 45C in the north of the state — but combined with high humidity much of the state will feel like the tropical Northern Territory.
Cancer patients are more vulnerable to heat-related problems so stay alert to warning signs so you can take action immediately and get indoors when you need to. If you are out and about remember to take a water bottle with you to keep hydrated. Learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of dehydration. These include a sticky or dry mouth, increased thirst, fatigue, headache, decreased urine output and dark yellow urine.
To function correctly, your body needs both water and electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium and chloride). Water helps to maintain body temperature, digest food and lubricate tissues and joints. Electrolytes, help to retain fluid, and maintain good nerve and muscle function. Remember your Hydralyte in our Kit for Cancer case to replenish your body’s electrolytes.
If you are having problems seek medical care immediately.
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