With temperatures forecast to hit 46 degrees today you’ll need to take it easy in the searing heat.

With temperatures forecast to hit 46 degrees today you’ll need to take it easy in the searing heat. The high temperatures have already claimed the life of a forest ranger in Fethiye on Monday by a heart attack brought on by the heat. The government is so worried by the forecasts they are even considering making today a public holiday! So what should you do to keep cool in the heat wave?

1. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. The Food Standards Agency recommends that if you live in the UK (or somewhere with a similar climate) you should drink approximately 1.2 litres (6-8 glasses) of water every day. Your intake of water should increase if you are ill with sickness and/or diarrhoea. But with the high temperatures in Turkey, you will sweat more and lose fluid from your body so you should look at drinking 3 – 4 times that amount. If you do suffer from serious dehydration you should seek medical help. A doctor will often admit you to hospital and place you on a saline drip to replace lost fluids and salt. But why waste the summer in a hospital bed when all you need to do is drink some water.

2. Keep out of the direct sun between 11:00am and 5:00pm and don’t over exert yourself. If you do go out wear light clothes and cover bare skin to avoid sun burn. Wear a hat to keep you head cool. Take a cold shower or bath to keep your body temperature down.

3. If you get the following symptoms heavy sweating, dizziness or fainting, a weak and rapid pulse, muscle cramps, fast and shallow breathing, nausea and vomiting then you probably have heat exhaustion. Seek medical attention as soon as you can.

4. Stay off the booze! Alcohol dehydrates your body. If you must ‘drink’ make sure you drink plenty of water too!

5. Be careful when driving as melting asphalt is like driving on ice! Not only that watch you don’t melt inside the car. Even with a modern car the standard aircon is unlikely to cool you sufficiently in these temperatures.

The good news is that the heat wave is likely to end on Friday but until then ‘stay cool’!