Heat emergencies: How to spot them and what to do

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When summer temperatures climb to 30+ degrees Celsius and the sun is blazing down, it’s important to make sure that you and those around you don’t become overheated – especially if you’re working or exercising outdoors. Although our body has ways to cool itself down, sometimes it absorbs more heat than it can give off. “When temperatures are high, we sweat more, since [the evaporation of] sweat cools the body externally,” says Dr Jörg Schlaak, chief physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Ameos St Clemens Hospital in Oberhausen, Germany. “On extremely hot days, this causes a fluid …

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