Climate experts have declared this week the world’s hottest on record. The temperature in the UAE climbed above 50 degrees Celsius for the first time this year, in the Al Dhafra Region. As the heatwave hits the entire globe, experts are warning individuals, especially children and elderly, to avoid direct sunlight and to heed with caution.
The UAE weather forecast for the following days shows strong winds might pick up dust and sand, creating partially cloudy conditions. Just this weekend, the UAE commenced its mandatory midday break, from 12:30 pm to 3 pm, for outdoor workers. The annual initiative protects employees from extreme weather conditions and will remain in effect until September 15. Those that do not comply can face fines up to AED 50,000.
A heating globe
The United States witnessed severe heat warnings, with more than 111 million people affected. China also recorded its hottest temperature ever, as the temperature reached 52 degrees Celsius in Xinjiang. Japan sent out heatstroke alerts this weekend as scorching temperatures continued. Reports stated that at least 60 people were in hospitals for heatstrokes.
Europe is sweltering under high temperatures, as Spain, Greece, and Italy are experiencing temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. The Southern Mediterranean, most particularly Spain, is dealing with an area of high pressure. Further, there are unusually high sea surface temperatures.
The Italian Meteorological Society has called the heatwave Cerberus, after the mythical, three-headed monster who guards the gates of hell. The heatwave is expected to push Europe past the 48.8 degrees Celsius record this week. This June was the hottest on record for the United Kingdom. Weather experts are saying that the globe will face extreme and unsettled weather until mid-August.
A report revealed that more than 61,000 people died in Europe last summer due to extreme heat. Not only does the heat bring about health problems, such as stroke and dehydration, but wildfires and extreme temperatures further exacerbate detrimental ecological and medical conditions. Further, with extreme ecological events taking place across the globe, climate action and climate change has been the top priority for policymakers across the globe.
How to cope with the heat?
Avoid direct sunlight by staying indoors during peak sun hours. If you’ve got to venture outside, make sure to have an umbrella or a hat nearby.
Authorities across Europe have banned access to nature reserves in order to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Stay properly hydrated. Make sure to drink 2 to 3 liters of water throughout the day.
Watch for dehydration symptoms such as lightheadedness, tiredness, a dry mouth, and dark urine.
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