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heat wave

 

A heat wave occurs when there are more than a few days in a row of above-average temperature, often combined with high humidity. Over the last month or two, there have been a number of bowls’ events cancelled or postponed due to the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing.

If you are playing bowls, then be sure that your club is aware of the Bowls Australia Weather Policy that addresses extreme heat.

What do you do when you at home though? Here are some tips to help you during a heatwave:

Drink water

  • Drink small amounts of water every 15-20 minutes, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Drink cool drinks – avoid the use of ice as it can cause cramps
  • Avoid drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar. They can cause dehydration
  • Monitor urine output. If you are passing less urine than usual, you are not drinking enough. Urine should be clear to light straw colour
  • If you are on medication, check with your doctor about how much water you should drink.

Stay inside if you can

Be alert to these signs of heat stress:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Rising body temperature
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Tiredness, dizziness, headache
  • Nausea, loss of concentration
  • Muscle weakness or cramps

If you have any doubts about your condition (or someone else’s), phone triple zero (000), request the ambulance service and ask the Queensland Ambulance Service Emergency Medical Dispatcher for advice.

See p16 in the Feb/Mar 18 edition of Bowls Plus to read more.

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