Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs
June 13, 2023
HEAT WAVE ADVISORY TO THE PUBLIC
Castries, Saint Lucia
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs notes the recent warning from the St. Lucia
Meteorology Services in relation to the potential record-high temperatures. The Ministry cautions
everyone on the need to remain hydrated and avoid direct sunlight during the period of increased
heat levels. Officials from the Met Services Department have confirmed that this weather is due to
El Nino, causing record-breaking high temperatures, sweltering heat and dry winds. Collectively,
these factors place the public at risk of dehydration and its related effects which include
dizziness and fainting spells.
To avoid the detrimental effects of heat waves, the Ministry of Health advises the public to avoid
exposure to direct sunlight, particularly between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and to
regularly drink water. It should be noted that sugar-laden drinks are not a substitute for water as
they contribute to further dehydration. These guidelines are particularly important for the elderly
and young who tend to be most easily affected by extreme heat. People living with Diabetes and
other chronic diseases are also urged to take the precautions indicated during this time.
The Ministry of Health advises school officials to ensure students drink water during the day and
limit outdoor activity in the direct sunlight during this time.
Adults are advised to limit alcohol consumption during outdoor activities and increase water intake
during physical activity. Ensure that hats, cool and light colored protective clothing and sunblock
are used to reduce the impact of the heat.
For further information, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at 468-5309