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Surviving the Sizzling Summer

The ever-rising temperatures worldwide are a result of global warming – a component of climate change. Jamaica is not spared from the impact of climate change. According to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Jamaica is prone to experience more extreme weather conditions, such as increasing temperatures, with the hottest period being mid-July to mid-August.

During the summer months, the Ministry of Health and Wellness urges all Jamaicans to reduce their exposure to heat, as it can be harmful to health.

Health Hazards

Persons exposed to extreme heat can suffer from:

  • Heat rash
  • Heat stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue, dizziness and fainting


Persons may prevent these health risks by:

  • Drinking lots of cool water and fluids and reducing the consumption of sugary drinks and alcohol
  • Planning outdoor activities in the early morning, late afternoon or evening to avoid being in the sun for long periods
  • Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing
  • Wearing sunscreen and using UV protection umbrellas to prevent sunburn
  • Ensuring that enclosed spaces are well ventilated.

Persons living with medical conditions such as heart disease and asthma, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups should take extra care to avoid prolonged exposure to heat.

For additional information, contact

For additional information, contact
Ministry of Health and Wellness
10-16 Grenada Way, Kingston 5
Tel: 876-633-8172/876-633-7771
Email: info@moh.gov.jm
Website: www.moh.gov.jm
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @themohgovjm

Meteorological Service Division
65¾ Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10
Tel: 876-929-3694/3700/3706
Email: datarequest@metservice.gov.jm
Website: www.metservice.gov.jm
Twitter: @MetserviceJA
Instagram: @metservicejam

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