Hot Weather Tips

Extremely hot weather is often a reality in Penticton. With so much to see and do at our event, here are some guidelines to consider while you enjoy your day…

Keep hydrated. Do not wait until you are thirsty before you start consuming water, carbohydrate or electrolyte drinks. Avoiding dehydration is very important and you should take extra care in the hot weather. To avoid getting dehydrated on a hot day, drink more than the recommended 6-8 glasses (2 litres), especially if you are sweating a lot. Try to take regular sips of water to stop this from happening. Not all liquids are created equal and beverages containing alcohol, sugar, and caffeine can cause you to lose more fluid than you ingest.

Please be prepared. Have all necessary medications and medical information with you. Understand your medications and their side effects in relation to exposure to the sun and heat. Check with your doctor.

Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a hat. Wear light breathable clothing.

Use sun screen frequently on exposed skin.  Bring an umbrella (for shade).

Shelter during the hottest times of the day…if possible, eat or rest in shaded areas

You know your own body…if, at any time you feel unwell, please ask for help! Look for a festival director or volunteer and they will help guide you to the first aid tent.

Warning signs of Heat Related Illnesses. These illnesses are hardest on the elderly and the very young. If you feel any of the following symptoms, please seek medical attention:

Headache, dizziness, wooziness

Vision problems, poor coordination

Weakness or muscle cramps

Change in heart rate or rhythm

Confusion, agitation

Flushed face

Chilliness, goosebumps, arm tingling

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