Take extra care in scorching conditions

THERE'S no doubt about it - soaring summer temperatures are already here.

Queensland doctors have warned searing heat could be deadly without taking proper precautions.

AMA Queensland resident Dr Chris Zappala said, "This summer is set to be a scorcher so it's important for all of us to take extra care".

AMA Queensland recommends six simple steps to stay safe in the heat:

Drink plenty of water - even if you do not feel thirsty. Judge fluid intake adequacy by how often you go to the toilet - it should be many times a day!

Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned or cool environments.

Keep cool by using wet towels, taking cool showers or going for a swim.

Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.

If you have to go outside, stay in the shade and take water with you.

Wear a hat, light, loose-fitting clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses.

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