KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Saturday has issued a heatwave alert for Karachi from May 1 to May May 3rd, 2019 next week.
“Day maximum temperature would range in 40-42 C during this period. Winds flow will be from North/Northwest during daytimes,” said the statement.
PMD requested authorities to all the precautionary measures.
According to some experts, 2019 will be hotter than previous years as the hot and dry weather has already grips various parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab.
Nawabshah, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sibi, Multan, Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan have crossed 41C and expected to hotter in the month of May and June this year.
Last year in May 2018, roughly 64 people died due to Heatwave in Karachi.
Heat Exhaustion Symptoms
- muscle cramps
- Rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure
- Mental status normal
- Behavior Normal
Heat Stroke Symptoms
- Reduced level of consciousness
- High body temperature
- Absence of sweating ,
- hot red or flused dry skin
- Rapid pulse
- Difficulty in breathing
- Strange behavior
- Seizure and/ or Coma
- Muscular pain
- mental status confused
- Behavior – erratic
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