Can you take the heat?

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS -

A HEAT­WAVE is a pe­riod of un­usu­ally hot or hu­mid weather that lasts at least two or three days — and re­main­ing hot through­out the nights — that af­fects large ar­eas.

Heat­waves are caused by a sys­tem of higher at­mo­spheric pres­sure, whereby air from up­per lev­els of the at­mos­phere de­scends and ro­tates out. Tips for sur­viv­ing

heat-waves 1. Use box fans and ceil­ing fans to pro­mote air cir­cu­la­tion. Open­ing doors in the house and us­ing box fans to push hot air out­doors can func­tion as an “ex­haust” sys­tem and draw cooler evening air into the house. In the cooler evenings, open all win­dows and pro­mote as much air cir­cu­la­tion as pos­si­ble.

2. Take ad­van­tage of the cool­ing power of wa­ter. Fill buck­ets or basins and soak your feet. Wet tow­els and ban­dan­nas can have a cool­ing ef­fect when worn on the shoul­ders or head. Take cool show­ers or baths, and con­sider us­ing a spray bot­tle filled with cold wa­ter.

3. Elim­i­nate ex­tra sources of heat. In­can­des­cent light bulbs can gen­er­ate un­nec­es­sary heat as can com­put­ers or ap­pli­ances left run­ning. Eat fresh foods that do not re­quire you to use the oven or stove to pre­pare.

4. Main­tain an ad­e­quate level of hy­dra­tion, which means you’ll need to con­sume more wa­ter than you usu­ally do when it’s hot. Thirst is the first sign of de­hy­dra­tion; you should drink suf­fi­cient amounts of flu­ids be­fore you feel thirsty in or­der to prevent de­hy­dra­tion.

5. Avoid al­co­holic bev­er­ages and caf­feine as both of th­ese sub­stances can act as di­uret­ics and pro­mote de­hy­dra­tion.

6. Don’t eat large, pro­tein-rich meals that can in­crease meta­bolic heat and warm the body. — On­line Sources

Pic­ture:

The tem­per­a­tures ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent days have driven even wild an­i­mals to sup­press their fear of peo­ple and ven­ture into Kariba Town in search of respite on the shores of Lake Kariba. Here, a tourist stands be­tween a pair of ze­bras at Zim­babwe’s premier lake­side re­sort.

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