HEATWAVE conditions are expected TODAY in these parts of South Africa.
HEATWAVE EXPECTED TODAY IN THESE PARTS OF SA
The SA Weather Services (SAWS) advised the public to take necessary precautions, keep hydrated, avoid outdoor activities, and stay indoors if possible.
The SAWS issued a weather advisory for Saturday.
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THE FOLLOWING PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA WILL BE AFFECTED
The following parts of South Africa will be affected:
- Jozini / Makatini
- uMhlathuze / Richards Bay / Kwa Mbonambi
- Mtubatuba / Riverview
- Big Five Hlabisa – Hluhluwe / Hluhluwe
- Umhlabuyalingana / Mbazwana
- uMlalazi / Eshowe
- KwaDukuza / KwaDukusa/Stanger
- Mkhambathini / Camperdown
- Ethekwini / King Shaka Airport
“Heat-related illnesses such as hyperthermia and heat stroke (Dehydration – Possible feelings of low energy levels) are possible.”
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HERE ARE 10 TIPS FOR SURVIVING A HEATWAVE WHILE IT IS HAPPENING
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water—even if you’re not thirsty. Hot weather causes you to sweat, and it’s vital to replenish the lost fluids or you’ll overheat. Have a water bottle within reach as you go about your day to avoid dehydration.
- Never leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles—even for a second. Keep your pets indoors and make sure they have access to a cool space and plenty of water.
- Stay inside during the hottest part of the day (10 A.M. to 4 P.M.) and limit time outside in the Sun. Avoid strenuous activity and postpone outdoor games and events.
- When you’re in the outdoors, make sure you stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Wear a hat or even carry an umbrella. Wear sunscreen!
- Set your air conditioners to a lower temperature and use curtains or blinds to keep direct sunlight out. If A/C is not available, stay indoors on the lowest floor in a well-ventilated area with fans. Keep shades and blinds closed. If you don’t have air conditioners, place a tray or dish of ice in front of a fan and it’ll help to cool your room quickly.
- Don’t drink alcohol, sugary soda, coffee, energy drinks, or other caffeinated beverages, as they dehydrate you! That’s the last thing you need during a heat wave.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Eat food with nutrients (not empty carbs) and also food with higher water content (fruits and vegetables).
- Wear light, loose-fitting, airy, light-colored clothing and a hat made of breathable material. Tight clothing traps heat.
- Check on family and friends who are elder or more susceptible, especially if they may have lost A/C. If you or someone you know is experiencing heat-related issues (such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, headaches, muscle cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea), call your doctor.
- If you feel overheated, cool off with wet washcloths on your wrists and neck, or take a cool sponge bath or shower. Carry a cold water bottle spray or cooling facial mist with you, and spritz cold water on your pressure points to bring your body temperature down.
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