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CAIRO – 15 May 2019: As weather experts warned of a heat wave hitting the country, raising the temperature degrees to highs of 40°C and 42°C on Wednesday and Thursday, citizens are advised to avoid heat-related illness during the fasting hours of Ramadan.
Prolonged direct exposure to sun during extreme heat could cause heatstroke (or sun stroke) as body overheats. In Egypt, although limited, there have been several deaths over the past years as a result of severe heatstroke. The official weather forecast has repeatedly warned citizens of exposure to sun in high temperatures.
In the below lines, Egypt Today will provide you with some tips to stay cool and safe in hot weather:
What should we do?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. federal agency that supports heath promotion prevention, provides some heat-related advises, there are a number of factors that affect the body’s ability to combat the high temperature including: the age, weight, dehydration, heart and mind diseases, poor blood circulation, sun burns, and drug abuse.
The CDC added that people aged 65 years old or above; children below two years old; people with chronic diseases and Psychiatric patients are vulnerable to heat-related illness and injuries.
Here are some tips for fasting people to follow:
1- Stay in a cool-aired place, preferably with air conditioners.
2- Drink abundant amount of liquids even if not thirsty.
3- Avoid practicing any outdoor activities.
4- Wear loose and light clothes with bright colors to reflect sun rays.
5- Take more than one shower during hot days to cool your body.
6- Do not leave your kids or pets inside the cars.