Most of us like summer, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know. IMD – The Indian Meteorological Department has issued high temperature warning in Hyderabad for 4 days i.e, from May 15 to 18. The rise in temperature is because of the flow of dry winds from the northwest direction.
As per IMD, the heatwave in the districts like Adilabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Warangal, Khammam, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Siddipet, Karimnagar is expected to touch 45-46 degrees.
On Tuesday, Nizamabad witnessed highest temperature of 43.4 degrees followed by Adilabad 43.3, Medak and Nalgonda at 43.2, Ramagundam at 42.2 and Hyderabad at 40.3 degrees.
How To Cope In Heatwave?
Before we can tell you on how to cope with heat wave let’s know why is a heatwave a problem? The main risks posed by a heatwave are:
- dehydration (not having enough water)
- overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Who is most at risk?
A heatwave can harm anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- Older people, especially those over 75
- Young children and babies
- People with chronic condition, such as heart or breathing problems
- people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- People on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- People who misuse alcohol
- People who are physically active – for ex, labourers or those doing sports
Tips for coping in hot weather
Usually we use air-coolers or air-conditioners to keep our rooms cool. But, in case if you want more tips for coping in hot weather, here is the list
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat by staying inside home. Don’t go out in the sun between 12 pm and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades. Use light coloured curtains and keep them closed
- Don’t use metallic blinds and dark curtains as they can make the room hotter.
- Have cool showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol – water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. You can also drink fruit juice, smoothies. Limit fruit juice to 150ml a day, and choose diet or sugar-free soft drinks.
- Plan ahead to buy enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need, so that you don’t have to go out.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear white loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Help your friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.