Summer is always enjoyable in Europe. After a long and gloomy winter, summer always makes people happy. Most of us welcome the warm weather in summer. It’s time to enjoy sunshine, increase natural vitamin D level and vacation.
However, summer can sometimes turn into a severe catastrophe. Sudden rise in temperature can lead to extremely harmful impacts on our health. Prolonged period of high temperature and intensely humid weather can be life threatening in many cases. For instance, people in India and Pakistan are now going through severe heat waves.
According to Royal Meteorological Institute of Netherlands (KNMI), the temperature of Eindhoven will reach 37°C this weekend and the next week will be as hot as this week.
- Wear lightweight, light colored and loose-fitting clothes. Dark clothes hold heat and do not let your body cool properly.
- Use wide-brimmed hat or umbrella and sunscreen while going out. Having excessive sunburn reduces your body’s ability to rid itself of the heat.
- Drink plenty of fluid such as water and juice.
- Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Also avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Keep watermelon, honeydew melon, cucumber and berries in your diet. These fruits keep you hydrated and cool.
- If your home does not have air conditioner, you can stay at least few hours in air-conditioned shopping mall or library.
- Never leave anyone in a closed and parked vehicle.
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Cut down the amount of your physical exercises.
- Check friends and relatives, specially the old ones.
- Freeze a couple of water bottles and place them in front of a floor or desk fan. You will enjoy a much cooler breeze.
Have a safe and sound summer!