POLOKWANE – Spring has officially sprung and best you get your sunblock and sun hats out as it’s about to get hot.
According to the South African Weather Service’s forecast, temperatures are expected to peak in the high thirties this week.
High temperatures are expected between Monday and Wednesday, remaining in the mid to high thirties with Tuesday peaking at 38 degrees.
With uncomfortable conditions expected, it is important to keep hydrated and try and stay out of the sun if possible.
Heat can affect your health more than you might think. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures can lead to worsening of heart problems, respiratory difficulties and can also cause heatstroke.
ER24 offers the following tips:
- Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children. Ensure they stay well hydrated as well.
- Remember to ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.
- Try to stay out of direct sunlight.
- Wear the appropriate clothing and ensure you use sunscreen.
- Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.
- If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.
- Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle even with a window open.
Severe heat stroke or exhaustion signs or symptoms include the following:
- Severe headache
- Weakness or disorientation
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Severe thirst
A few tips for coping in hot weather:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.