Irish people are urged to stay hydrated and take the time to eat, drink and sleep to help them stay hydration, according to the official social media account of the Department of Health.
The official account has shared an article on its official Facebook page with the hashtag “stay hydrate” in response to a question about whether or not people should stay hydrate during the hot weather.
The hashtag “Stay hydrate”, used to express concern about being dehydrated, has been trending in Ireland for weeks.
The Department of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs (DAFA) said people should keep hydrated when outdoors and when exercising and it also advised people to drink water when they are thirsty.
The department said it had also added water restrictions to some of its websites.
It also urged people to be aware of their surroundings and to take care in their personal hygiene.
It said it was encouraging people to stay active and to keep their cool in a hot weather by using a fan or coolant dispenser.
“People should drink water, wear comfortable clothing, and be aware that they are at risk of dehydration if they have water in their body.”
If you or someone you know are experiencing heat stroke, seek medical advice,” the department said.
The Government said people with heat stroke should stay in their homes and exercise regularly.
It urged people with a history of heat stroke to seek medical attention.”
A person’s heat is like a blanket.
It stays in the body for a certain amount of time and this means it can stay warm even if it is sitting in your home.
“If you have a history or current medical condition that could be related to heat stroke you should be closely monitored and have appropriate care provided,” it said.
People who are at high risk of heat illness can contact the Irish Heat Health Centre at 0800 947 954 or visit www.ice.gov.ie/hot.
Health minister Michael Creedon said the Government would be “truly committed” to helping people get the best possible care during the heatwave.
He said it would be a “terrible shame” if people who had been exposed to heat in the past were to be left with no medical help.
He urged people who were feeling unwell to contact their GP.
“They can help to identify any signs of heatstroke and provide advice and advice and, if needed, treatment,” Mr Creedon added.