Mild Heatwave alert in Karachi

KARACHI: MET Office issued a heatwave alert from today 21 to 24 September in Karachi.

The weather in Karachi will remain hot and humid ranging between 40 to 42C with 60 to 70 percent humidity. – MET Office warned.

Especially in the seafacing areas are likely to face the much hotter day,

Overall the weather in Sindh Province will remain hot and dry today for the next 24 hours.

Heatstroke can occur without any previous heat-related condition, such as heat exhaustion. Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever of 104 F (40 C) or greater
  • Changes in mental status or behavior, such as confusion, agitation, slurred speech
  • Hot, dry skin or heavy sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flushed skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Headache
  • Fainting, which may be the first sign in older adults
  • Normal Body core Tempreture – 37 C
  • Heat Exhustion – 40 C
  • Heat Stroke 41 C and Higher

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

  • Nausea
  •  Vomiting
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  •  headache
  • muscle cramps
  • dizziness
  • Weak
  • Rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure
  • Mental status normal
  • Behavior Normal

Heat Stroke Symptoms

  • Reduced level of consciousness
  • Irritable
  • High body temperature
  • Absence of sweating ,
  • hot red or flused dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  •  Difficulty in breathing
  • Strange behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Aagitation
  • Disorientation
  • Seizure and/ or Coma
  • Muscular pain
  • vomiting
  • mental status confused
  • Behavior – erratic

Treatment

  • Lay person down & elevate legs
  • Ensure normal breathing
  • If thirsty give water to drink
  • Move person to a cool ventilated area
  • Check for breathing pulse and circulation
  • If possible cover the person with ice packs or cold water to reduce the body temperature
  • Give water to drink
  • Monitor vital signs
  •  Get person to Hospital

Avoiding heat exhaustion and heatstroke

There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting heat exhaustion and heatstroke during a heatwave.

  • staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, particularly between 11am and 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • do not leave anyone in a parked car
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • have plenty of cold drinks, but avoid drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol
  • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • sprinkle water over your skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • keep your environment cool

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