The South African Weather Services (SAWS) issued an extreme heat warning for the Northern Cape for Friday and Saturday.
Scorching temperatures are expected in the Northern Cape for Friday and Saturday.
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) temperatures are set to exceed 40C on both Friday and Saturday.
“Very hot to extremely hot conditions will result from predominantly light northern wind flow over the interior of the Northern Cape Province.
“Temperatures are expected to reach up to 40 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday,” it said.
The SAWS furthermore said when the temperature is extremely high, human ability to cool their bodies through sweating is reduced. This can be a real threat that leads to hyperthermia.
“In an extremely hot environment, the most serious health and safety concern is heatstroke. Heatstroke can be fatal if medical attention is not available immediately.”The SA Weather Service
1. Dress for the Weather
It may seem like a no-brainer, but during a heatwave, you have to dress appropriately. Wear loose, light-colored clothing; UV-protective and moisture-wicking clothing are best if you have to work or be outside. This will help protect your skin from sunburn and help absorb sweat to keep you a little cooler. Be sure to protect your face, hands, and any other exposed skin with sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
2. Avoid Strenuous Outdoor Activities
If possible, take part in outdoor activities during the morning hours, or postpone them until the evening when temperatures are cooler. Take frequent breaks in the shade. If you’re working outside in the heat, and the activity makes your heart pound or you’re gasping for breath, stop and get inside to cool off and rest, especially if you feel lightheaded, confused, or faint. Use the buddy system, too. If you’re working in the heat, check on your co-workers — and have them check in on you. Heat-related illness can make you confused or even lose consciousness.
3. Stay Hydrated!
Perspiration is your body’s way of staying cool, but that moisture loss has to be replenished regularly. If you have to be outside during a heatwave, it’s imperative to drink up, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks; these will actually make you lose more fluids. You also want to stick to drinks that aren’t super-cold. That sounds crazy, right? But ice-cold water can actually cause stomach cramps. If you’re on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, talk to your doctor before drinking more than your normally prescribed amount.
4. Keep Cool
Ideally, during a heatwave, you want to say indoors where there’s air conditioning. If that’s not possible, many cities open up cooling centers during heat waves to provide citizens with relief, especially in areas where air conditioning isn’t prevalent. (Due to COVID restrictions, you’ll have to social distance and wear masks while there.) You can also try to go to a public place that has A/C, like a library, mall, or a movie theater, assuming they are open where you live. Again, wear a mask for safety and practice social distancing.
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You can also use fans, but keep in mind when temperatures are in the 90s or higher, fans won’t prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is a much better option. Eat only light, cool foods such as fruit and salads. They’re easier to digest than hot, heavy meals, and your home won’t heat up when you prepare them.
5: Protect Those Most at Risk
Heat-related illness can affect anyone, but some people are particularly at risk. If you live with or know people, who fit into any of these categories, check on them frequently during a heatwave.
Of course, it goes without saying you should never leave children or pets in a car, as temps can soar inside even with a window cracked, heatwave or not.
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