As temperatures nudge 30 degrees, the Government has issued advice to residents on how to deal with heatwave conditions.

The guidelines emphasise that age is an important factor in determining how well the human body can cope with heat. When you are old, your body does not sweat a lot and therefore it’s difficult to stay at 37 °.

Consequently, body temperature can then increase and there is a risk of heat stroke and loss of consciousness. For children and younger adults it is very important to remain hydrated by drinking water, even when you are not thirsty.

Other recommendations include avoiding staying in direct sun and avoid going out between 11:00 and 17:00. Take a nap during the day if you can, choosing a cool place to do so.

Wear a hat and light-colour5ed loose clothing, and close shutters during the day and open them at night if it’s cooler. Hang a damp cloth in front of an open window. When the temperature inside exceeds 32 ° C, a fan does not act against the oppressive heat because it stirs the air without cooling it and accelerates dehydration. Other hints include taking a cool bath and washing with a cool washcloth.

Perhaps most importantly, avoid coffee and alcohol, as these dehydrate the body, and drink at least and and a half litres of water every day. Eat cold meals including salads and fruit.

In case of discomfort contact (for yourself or someone who needs it) the Fire Brigade by dialling 18 or 112.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Government Press Office

ILLUSTRATION: A man cools off his baby in a fountain in downtown Rome, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile