It is easy to become overheated and dehydrated in hot weather. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day is the best way to avoid this.
Adult women need about 8 cups (around 2L) and adult men need about 10 cups (around 2.5L) of fluid a day. How much you need will depend on how much exercise you are doing, your weight, the medications you take and if you are breast feeding.
During hot weather and extreme heat, you may need to drink much more water to prevent the body becoming dehydrated.
Have a refillable bottle of water handy in your bag, backpack, at work and in the car and remember to avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially during hot weather and extreme heat.
The colour of your urine can tell you if you are drinking enough water, or if you are dehydrated. Follow this chart to see if you are staying hydrated.
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