As the temperature soars, local health experts are giving tips to survive the summer months.
Staying hydrated and staying indoors are the main pieces of advice being given by Boggabri General Practitioner (GP) Dr Oshadika Gunawardhana.
“At home being in the shade and around air conditioning will help with comfort levels,” Dr Gunawardhana said.
“It’s also important to stay hydrated as best as possible.”
The Boggabri doctor said soft drinks and sports drinks are not the best form of hydration.
“Honestly the best thing is water, water, water,” she said.
“While at home simple water helps a lot, also fruit can help keep kids hydrated as well.”
Dr Gunawardhana said it is important for senior citizens to reach out if they need help.
“For the elderly it is important for them to seek help if in doubt,” she said.
“If they are feeling unwell or if they are in doubt I urge them to contact a doctor or a hospital.”
Gunnedah vet David Amos said the hot weather also takes a toll on pets animals and it was important to take care of them during the summer months.
“At this time of year animals need plenty of shade and clean water,” Dr Amos said.
“It’s also important that the water is cool because if it comes from a tap or hose that’s sitting in the sun the water is likely going to be close to boiling.
“Wetting animals down is also a good idea, as is giving pets a haircut if it’s needed.”
The Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital vet said it is important to “take it easy” with animals on hot days.
“It’s about being sensible,” he said.
“Not over-working an animal on hot days, or taking them for a walk on bitumen in the heat, just common sense stuff really.”
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is predicting Gunnedah will reach above 35 degrees every day this week.
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