The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging citizens to exercise caution as the country is currently facing a heat season with temperatures being recorded as extremely high this year.

The heat season usually occurs between May and October each year.

The Ministry says the public should remain alert that excessive heat stress is harmful to health and is potentially fatal.

It says citizens, especially the most vulnerable, are advised to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to heat and limit the serious effects it can have on the body.

In order to prevent illness associated with the heat, the Ministry says citizens should keep hydrated with cool fluids, exercise indoors, avoid sunlight for more than two hours and wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.

Among the most vulnerable are the elderly, bedridden persons, infants, overweight persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

The Ministry says children should not be left in locked vehicles under any circumstances.