COPECO Warns of Heat Wave

Authorities of the Permanent Commission of Contingencies, COPECO, have alerted the population to take precautions against a heat wave affecting the country.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast, high temperatures will continue across the country, mainly in the southern and northern areas, varying between 38, 39 and 40 degrees Celsius.

Experts warn that direct exposure to sunlight carries risks, and people should use sunscreen, drink fluids, and try to stay in shaded areas.

Excessive heat causes loss of water and minerals, resulting in body dehydration. Dehydration can cause cramps, fainting (from a lack of blood supply to the brain tissue), and exhaustion. One can also experience a rash or dermatitis. Excess body heat can lead to a heat stroke, which can even cause death.

Those greatest at risk are children, the elderly, and sick people – especially those with heart and respiratory diseases, and diabetes or low blood sugar. Special care must also be taken by those who are employed outdoors, such as construction and crop workers.

COPECO also stated that forest fires could be on the increase, so it is important to monitor both public and private land.

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