The Western Cape has been experiencing hot conditions lately, and today is no different. This comes after the South African Weather Service issued a warning of high temperatures to be expected over the weekend.
Extreme heat advisory: Western Cape: 13 – 15 January 2022 pic.twitter.com/MZDi2M9E32
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) January 13, 2022
The South African Weather Service is urging all locals to be cautious as many people spend large amounts of time outdoors. Very hot conditions will result from predominantly light northerly wind flow over the Western Province, while temperatures may reach 40-degrees and above over the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo, Kannaland and Oudtshoorn.
ER24 has shared some valuable information on heat injuries, which often occur when our bodies lose necessary body fluids when producing sweat. These injuries can be severe and if untreated.
The signs and symptoms of heat injuries are:
Here are a few tips to beat the heat:
- 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 keep 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 well 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.
ER24 can be contacted on 084 124 for any medical emergency.