Health authorities in Jamaica has issued a warning to nationals to take preventative measures to deal with the excessive heat – noting that the situation is harmful to their health and could also prove to be fatal.

According to Caribbean News Service, the Ministry of Health and Wellness issued a statement saying that over the last weekend, the temperature in the capital was a sizzling 39.1 degrees Celsius – the highest temperature ever recorded in Kingston.

Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services at the Ministry, Dr. Nicole Dawkins Wright – warned that heat related illness include heat exhaustion, heat strokes and cramps – as well as heat stroke, which could be fatal.

The Ministry said that signs associated with heat strokes include a very high body temperature, hot and dry skin and a throbbing headache and dizziness. It said other signs include altered mental state or behaviour, vomiting and rapid breathing.

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