Doctors issue heatwave health warning for Malta

Health chiefs have issued a fresh warning as the second heatwave of summer continues across Malta and Gozo.

Forecasters predicted temperatures could feel as hot at 42°C by Thursday.

And as more hot air pushes north from Africa, an amber level 3 heat warning has also been issued by the Met Office in Luqa.

Government doctors also issued fresh advice to help people deal with the blazing sunshine this week.

Health promotion director Dr Paula Vassallo told 89.7 Bay: ‘The maximum temperature is expected to continue to rise further the following days.

‘High temperatures causes water to be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration.

‘It can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

‘The heat can affect anyone but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies and young children, people with chronic conditions and physically active people.’

Dr Vassallo said to avoid the effects of the heatwave it is important to:

• Keep out the heat by avoiding the sun between 10am and 4pm
• Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work
• Drink regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food
• Seek advice if you have any concerns

Forecasters predict a cooler weather system will sweep across Malta and Gozo by the weekend, bringing temperatures down to around 30°C, which is normal for the time of year.

Read more: Malta Health Promotion Directorate

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