Here’s how you can keep yourself cool in the Karachi heatwave

Temperatures in the coastal city of Karachi will remain on the rise over the next few days. As the heatwave is upon us, it’s important to stay safe.

Sardar Sarfaraz, the director of Met department Karachi, says temperatures will remain between 41 and 42 degrees on Sunday and Monday. It’s likely to cool down on Tuesday evening.

During the heatwave, there’s a chance of developing heat-related illnesses, like heat stroke.

Here are some tips to beat the heat:

  • Don’t go out between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is the strongest.
  • Wear loose fitting and lightweight clothing.
  • Wear sunscreen and stay in the shade.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Cover your head (wear a scarf or cap).
  • Use lip balm and eye drops to make sure your lips and eyes don’t get too dry.

Signs to keep an eye on:

  • Throbbing headache.
  • Dizziness and light-headedness.
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat.
  • Red, hot, and dry skin.
  • Muscle weakness or cramps.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Rapid, shallow breathing.
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering.
  • Seizures.
  • Unconsciousness.

If you experience these symptoms, you should visit a hospital.

Maleeka Zehra
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