Karachi’s weather is in no mode to show mercy to its citizens. One heatwave after another and a new one is in order.
The average city temperature for the past two weeks is recorded to be 39 °C at day and the warm nights have even touched as much as 37 °C. But Karachiites are yet to brace themselves for even hotter days. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department the temperature can rise up to 43 °C that has begun since Tuesday and will last following two days. The temperature may soar up to a maximum of 44 °C.
The city has bore extended heatwave throughout the month causing Board of Intermediate Education Karachi along with many private institutions to reschedule their examinations. But not every citizens can postpone their daily activities. Additionaly, extensive hours of loadshedding is not helping either.
Citizens, following Ramadan and hot weather are warned to take necessary precautions to minimize the effect of heatwave and prevent health risks such as heat stroke.
Prolonged exposure to sun or high temperatures can cause ‘heatstroke’- causing rise in body temperature and severe dehydration.
- High temperature but without sweating
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Throbbing headache
- Rapid heartbeat which may be either strong or weak
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Any of these symptoms if noticed should be treated immediately. Prevention can be done by doing the following.
Prevention from heat storke
- Avoid unnecessary sun eposure
If it is not an absolute necessity stay away from direct sunlight and try to spend less time outdoors. Cover your skin, cut off unnecessary activites and take shade.
Drink more water. If you are following fast it is advised to drink as much between Iftar and Sehar as you can. Also consumption of yogurt and cardamom seeds helps in maintaining body temperature.
- Wear lighter garments
Wear linen, rayon, cotton, silk, or other breathable fabrics. It is best to wear loose and breezy clothing to avoid suffocation in this humid weather.