Your Core Body Temperature
Your body’s heat combined with environmental heat results in what’s called your core temperature – your body’s internal temperature. Your body needs to regulate the heat gain from the environment to maintain a normal core temperature of approximately 37 °C (98.6 F).
How your body naturally cools itself
In hot weather, the body cools itself mainly by sweating. However, when you exercise or work in hot, humid weather, your body is less able to cool itself efficiently. The harder it is to cool off, the easier it is to suffer from heat related syndromes. Your body may develop heat cramps. Untreated, heat cramps lead to heat exhaustion and eventually heatstroke.
What is Heat Stroke?
Heatstroke occurs when your core body temperature reaches 40 °C (104 F) or higher. Heatstroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs, which eventually can result in death.
How to stay cool
- Stay hydrated (Drink enough fluids)
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing
- Wear a hat for sun protection
- Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day
- Limit time spent working or exercising in heat
- Wear cooling products