Dealing with the current heat wave

The South African Weather service has issued a heat wave warning for Gauteng this week, with maximum temperatures exceeding 33°C.

Temperatures are expected to range between 31°C and 34°C for the rest of the week and no rainfall has been predicted for this period.

ER24 spokesperson, Chitra Bodasing, has urged Gauteng residents to be cautious.

“Heat exhaustion could lead to serious complications,” said Bodasing. “Severe heat exhaustion could lead to heat stroke for example and this could be life threatening.”

ER24 offers the following tips to keep your cool during these hot days:

  • Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
  • Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children. Ensure they stay well hydrated as well.
  • Remember to ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.
  • Try to stay out of direct sunlight.
  • Wear the appropriate clothing and ensure you use sunscreen.
  • Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.
  • If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.
  • Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle even with a window open.

Severe heat stroke or exhaustion signs or symptoms include the following:

  • Severe headache
  • Weakness or disorientation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Severe thirst

Monitor people who have these symptoms. Persisting symptoms should be taken seriously and medical assistance should be sought.


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