Wednesday 27 May, 2020

10 tips to beat the heat as Met Office records hottest days for year

Trinidad and Tobago have been experiencing high temperatures within the month of September, with two of the hottest days of the year so far recorded on Thursday and Saturday of this week.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) said the thermometers at Piarco read 34.3C on both days, with a Heat Index (or Feel Like’ temperature) of 41C to 43C.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), in a statement on Saturday, said it has been advised by the Met Office to expect warmer than usual temperatures between September to November, with September expected to be the hottest month.

It added the Met Office has also advised that Trinidad and Tobago can expect an increase in the number of hot days with a maximum temperature greater than 33.9C in Trinidad and greater than 32.0C in Tobago.

On account of these warm dry spells and the possibility that persons could become overwhelmed with heat exposure, the ODPM provided the following safety tips to beat the heat by staying cool and hydrated:

1. Keep hydrated – drink two to four cups of water every hour.

2. Avoid drinks with caffeine or large amounts of sugar.

3. Limit your exposure to direct sunlight and curtail your outdoor activities to mornings and evenings.

4. If direct sunlight cannot be avoided, rest often in a shaded area or if indoors, use fans or air-conditioning.

5. Avoid strenuous activity during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

6. When outdoors during the daytime, wear some form of head protection, preferably a wide-brimmed hat, to protect your head and face.

7. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-coloured clothes and cover your arms where possible.

8. Keep a check on older adults, children, and people with chronic medical conditions who may be more prone to the impacts of excessive heat.

9. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

10. Make frequent checks on elderly or disabled neighbours living alone.

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