Anyone can be affected by the hot weather in Pakistan, lately. With cites like Sibbi where the temperature is roaring up to 48 degrees Celsius, followed by Dadu at 47°C and Larkana at 45°C, it is important to protect yourself from the possibility of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or a heat stroke.
Extended periods of high temperature and high humidity can be very dangerous for your health. Hum News has come up with a few tips to help you prepare for a heat wave and what to do when one occurs. By doing so, you can avoid the biggest health dangers.
Here are a few tips to cope and stay safe in extremely high temperatures:
- Make water your best friend! In order to maintain an adequate level of hydration, drink plenty of water. You might have to drink more water than usual to avoid dehydration.
- Take cool showers to lower your body temperature.
- Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds. Keep the lights off as incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat.
- Seek shade when outside. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio, TV or social media, or the Met Office.
- Avoid going out in sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11 am to 3 pm. Postpone outings
- Identify the coolest room in your house.
- Eat more cold meals, preferably Salads.
- Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton, linen and silk.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine. Both of these ingredients can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.