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South Africans advised to avoid exposure to hot temperatures

Sep 20, 2019
South Africans advised to avoid exposure to hot temperatures

Jeffreys Bay - The Department of Water and Sanitation is calling upon South Africans that live in areas that are affected by the current heat wave to avoid unnecessary exposure to the heat for health reasons and to drink surfeits of water to calm their bodies.

"Large parts of the country are currently experiencing high temperatures as a result of the change of weather patterns from winter to summer," said Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation.

"The South African Weather Services has predicted that the searing heat will continue until early next week when temperatures are expected to tone down.

"Hydrologically, such temperatures are normally followed by showers to usher in the summer season. In these blistering conditions South Africans are advised to avoid unnecessary exposure and stay indoors until late afternoon when the heat has subsided."

He added that those, who are forced by special circumstances such as work and school should drink as much as three litres of tap water to cope.

"Taking fizzy drinks and alcohol is a definite no-no as this might impact on their health. To survive a heat wave, the most important thing is to stay indoors and stay cool. Take cold showers to lower your body temperature and cover windows with reflectors and drapes. Drink plenty of water, as much as four cups an hour if it's really hot, and eat regular, light meal."

Ratau said that the consequences of being exposed to blistering weather conditions can cause health problems and may affect performance.

As the temperature or heat burden increases, people may feel increased irritability, loss of concentration and ability to do mental tasks," he described.

"More importantly, people –especially children – who cannot swim must avoid going to swimming pools and rivers as this may result in fatalities."

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