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10 Tips To Protect Yourselves From Heatwaves

The temperatures have been rising recently in some parts of India going up to 42 degrees, resulting in heatwaves.

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Summer is here and the weather is heating up! It’s important to find ways to stay cool and hydrated during the warm weather months. Staying cool during a heatwave can be especially challenging, but it’s important to take steps to protect yourself.

According to the India Meteorological Department, a heat wave is expected to continue in East India for the next five days. The maximum temperatures are likely to soar to 42-45 °C in many parts of the region.

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Earlier this week, the maximum temperatures reached between 42-45 °C in Odisha and Rayalaseema. Similar conditions were observed in some parts of Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, southwest Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam. In other words, the temperatures ranged between 40-42 °C in many parts of Bihar, East Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal, as well as isolated pockets in East Uttar Pradesh. Let's have a look at the tips to protect ourselves from the heatwaves this summer.

Heatwave Coping Tips

1. One of the most important ways to stay cool during a heatwave is to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can set in quickly, so it’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

2. Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as tea and coffee, which can worsen dehydration. Alcohol can also cause dehydration, so it’s important to avoid alcohol as well.

3. Another important way to stay cool during a heatwave is to stay out of the sun. The sun can be very harmful during the heatwaves, so it’s important to limit exposure to the sun. You can also wear a hat and sunglasses to help protect you from the sun.

4. It’s also important to dress in light, loose-fitting clothing. When temperatures are high, it’s important to avoid wearing too much clothing and to make sure your clothes are light and loose.

5. Finally, it’s important to take a cold shower after exercise. A cold shower can help cool you down and relieve some of the stress you’ve been feeling.

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6. Eat light, well-balanced meals. Foods with a high water content, such as strawberries, cucumber, celery, and lettuce, will help keep you hydrated and cool.

7. Use a fan or air conditioner to circulate air and keep your home cool.

8. Close your curtains or blinds during the day to keep the sun out.

9. Open your windows at night to let in cooler air. Avoid using heat-producing appliances, such as the oven or dishwasher, during the day.

10. Take breaks from the heat by spending time in a cool place, such as a pool or a movie theater.

(Disclaimer: Parts of this article were generated by AI and published after the content was editorially modified and verified by a human based on their own judgement and expertise. The Quint does not publish AI-generated content without direct human involvement and oversight).

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