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How to keep cool in the Karachi heatwave

September 22, 2019
How to keep cool in the Karachi heatwave

Karachi, the heatwave is upon us. As temperatures rise, it’s important to stay safe. 

Mercury could rise to 41 degrees Centigrade today (Sunday). Sardar Sarfaraz, the director of Karachi’s Met department, says temperatures will remain between 41 and 42 degrees on Sunday and Monday. It’s likely to cool down on Tuesday evening.

During the heatwave, there’s a chance of developing heat-related illnesses, like heat stroke.

Here are some ways to stay cool in the Karachi heat:

  • Don’t go out between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is the strongest
  • Wear loose fitting and lightweight clothing
  • Wear sunscreen and stay in the shade
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Cover your head (wear a scarf or cap)
  • Use lip balm and eye drops to make sure your lips and eyes don’t get too dry

You should also know what the symptoms are of a heat stroke.

Signs to watch out for 

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

If you experience these symptoms, you should visit a hospital.

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