Here is What You Can Do to Protect Yourself from the Upcoming Heatwave in Karachi

On Friday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department announced that Karachi will experience another heatwave from May 17 to 22, an temperatures are predicted to rise as high as 40 to 42 degrees celsius.

The following notifications was released by the PMD:

Unfortunately, not everyone has the option of staying indoors in air conditioned rooms. Here are some other ways you can protect yourself from the upcoming heatwaves:

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  •  Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing
  • Protect yourself from sunburn by wearing SPF 50 or above. Sunburn effects the body’s ability to keep itself cool.
  •  Stay hydrated. If you think you can’t drink anymore water, drink more to help keep the body cool.
  • Try to stay indoors during the hottest time of the day and schedule physical activity like exercise during cooler parts of the day.
  • If you travel on a two wheeler, leave the house with a towel soaked in cold water to cover your neck and head.
  • Do not leave infants or elderly in cars. Cars act as a hot box and trap heat within themselves which could endanger weaker individuals.
  • Double check what medications hinder in the body’s ability to keep itself cool. Find substitutes or avoid the medication if you can.

Stay indoors whenever possible and most importantly stay hydrated. Considering Ramazan and the added fear of the Coronavirus, battling this heatwave is going to be tough so take care of yourselves and help those around  you.

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