We’ve been watching our weather apps and it looks like we’re in for a scorcher of a weekend and quite possibly next week too, that’s right it’s #Heatwave weather. Gauteng is expected to reach temperatures of over 36 degrees. And, when it comes to really hot weather conditions those most at risk are young children, the elderly and pets.
While there is no cure for heatwave conditions, we can all be sure to prepare for it accordingly. First off we need to understand that the clothes we wear will affect how hot or how cool we get during the day and night. Opt for breathable fabrics in light colours. Here are our top tips for surviving a heatwave:
Minimise Physical Activity Outdoors
The golden rule for this one is “If you don’t need to do it right away, don’t”. #Heatwaves are a great excuse for procrastination. But, on a serious note, if you need to do garden work, strenuous exercise, or even be outside for extended times you need to make sure that you do this early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day from 11am to 2pm.
If you have no choice but to work outside then you need to be prepared to take rest breaks. Sure, you work will take longer to complete but you won’t run the risk of overheating. When you do take a break, make sure that you rest in a well-shaded area.
Loads of Water
The easiest way to avoid heat exhaustion or dehydration is to drink loads of water. Make sure that you have several bottles of cold water in the fridge ready to go. Coldwater not only prevents heat related illnesses such as dehydration tit also have the ability to cool you down. If you feel that you need a little more kick to your water add a few fruits and you’ll get infused water.
Here are a few warning signs of heat-related illnesses during a heatwave:
- Feeling Dizzy
- Skin is clammy to the touch
- Cramps in legs and arms
Always make sure that you have a properly prepped first aid kit. Another great way to prep for a heat wave is to make sure everyone in your household knows how to properly hydrate during this time. Always make sure that your pets have adequate fresh water and shade.