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Officials warn heat could cause health problems

Health and weather officials are warning sun worshippers that next week's expected heat wave could cause health problems, particularly in certain risk groups. They are advising good sense as residents enjoy the seasonal warmth.

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Health officials say risk groups include the elderly, children, outdoor workers, diabetics and those with cardiac or respiratory diseases. Image: Kimmo Mäntylä / Lehtikuva

Officials of the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI are hoping that advance warnings will help prevent health problems related to exposure to extreme high temperatures. Risk groups for heat-related ailments include the elderly, children, persons with cardiac or respiratory illnesses, diabetics and outdoor workers.

Authorities commonly issues weather warnings about 24 hours ahead of the start of a period of extremely hot or cold conditions.

According to guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL, heat-related health problems can be prevented by drinking lots of fluids throughout the day and by avoiding heavy physical exertion.

People should also take care to eat, dress lightly and to protect their heads from the sun, while nothing beats a cool shower for cooling down.

According to current weather advisories, there is a 30 percent chance of a heat wave in southern and central Finland Tuesday. Daytime highs in southern and central Finland could reach as high as 30 degrees Celsius early next week.

Yle weatherman Joonas Koskela said that residents of southern and central areas are being advised to brace for temperatures as high as 30 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.

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