KARACHI: Hot winds are blowing as the sun shines with all its might above your head. It’s not easy to bear this brutal heat. If conditions worsen, you might end up fainting. The city is likely to experience unusually hot spells today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday). According to the Met department, mercury level might rise...
KARACHI: Hot winds are blowing as the sun shines with all its might above your head. It's not easy to bear this brutal heat. If conditions worsen, you might end up fainting.
The city is likely to experience unusually hot spells today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday). According to the Met department, mercury level might rise up to 41° Celsius. Earlier on Friday, the Met department forecast that a heatwave could persist for the whole week, raising the temperature to 40°C. However, acting Chief Meteorologist Abdul Rashid said that weather could remain hot during the five-day heatwave, which began on Sunday and will continue till October 13.
During these hot days, the level of humidity is likely to remain moderate, which is why people will not suffer from heat strokes. In the past, the deadly heatwave caused the suspension of sea winds, raising the level of humidity in the air to an unexpected high up to 65%, which contributed to its intensity. The Met department said that 43.3°C was the highest recorded temperature in the month of October.
While heat strokes are less likely to happen, you still need to take care of your health in this weather to avoid any untoward situation. Here are some tips that you can use to take care of yourself and survive in the current wave of heat:
1. Keep yourself hydrated
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. It's important to keep yourself hydrated and to avoid anything (e.g. caffeine and alcohol) that can dehydrate you.
2. Take small meals
When the weather is hot, you need to eat small, light meals and consume them often. This helps you maintain a good digestive system. Heavy meals in extreme weather conditions might make you throw up.
3. Wear loose clothing
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that help you breathe easily. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
4. Avoid the sun
You need to stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Postpone outdoor games and activities. In case you have to work outdoors, take frequent breaks.
5. Draw the curtains
Keep the environment at home as cool as possible – keep curtains drawn and maintain minimal light