The Ministry of Health is advising the public to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to heat and limit the serious impact it can have on the body.

The Metrological Service reported that last Thursday, August 3 was the hottest day recorded in 24 years in capital city Kingston.

The maximum temperature recorded was 36.9 degrees Celsius.

In a statement on the weekend, the Health Ministry says the most common heat related illnesses are exhaustion, rash, cramps, and the most severe – heat stroke.

Signs associated with a heat stroke include a very high body temperature, that’s temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Ministry is informing the public to guard against hot and dry skin, along with throbbing headaches and dizziness which may arise from the heat affecting the island.

According to the Health Ministry, people who experience these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately while finding ways to cool down.

Cooling down mechanisms including sponging with cold water, wrapping the victim in a wet, cold sheet and fanning vigorously.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye says persons are being urged to prevent illness associated with heat by drinking more fluids, particularly those that are not sweet and do not contain alcohol.

Other measures include – drinking more water before, during and after vigorous activities and limiting as much as possible outdoor activities to mornings and evenings.

Persons are also being urged to where possible, wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing.

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