Let’s Talk About Heatwaves

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I have always been as pale as a ghost, so the Maltese climate isn’t my friend. A few minutes in, the sun starts to be painful and blister in summer, even with sun cream factor 50. Adding the cherry on top of the cake, Europe has been experiencing an ongoing heatwave. If I’m not mistaken, there were some deaths in Canada due to high temperatures. I thought it would be a good idea to out information about it and what to do.

What causes a Heatwave?

In simple words, it is caused by climate change. Since the layer that protects the earth from outer gases is getting thinner and thinner with time, more and more gases are entering our world; this causes temperature rises.

How does it affect our health?

  • Our body has to work hard to keep the body temperature stable, and it does that by releasing sweat.
  • Mild symptoms are itchy heat rash and the feet to swallow.
  • Low blood pressure with sweat, we also lose sodium.
  • Dehydration

How to avoid Heat Stroke?

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and hats.
  • Protect against sunburn.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take extra precautions with certain medications.
  • Never leave anyone in a parked car.
  • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Get acclimated; limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you’re conditioned to it

I did try and make this post my own, but I did use stuff from health departments like the NHS and the BBC. I will leave sources below for a more detailed overview.

Alex

Source fron the Mayo Clinic

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Heatwaves

  1. Heatwaves can be very dangerous, especially when they’re not familiar so people don’t know how to cope.
    Hang in there, the seasons change… There is still a layer of ice on an outside bathtub this afternoon where I am.

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  2. Also, now with climate change and global warming, heatwaves are sure to grow in incidence and also intensity. One must definitely adopt the precautions to stay safe. Also, let’s not loose the long term goal of emission reduction and shifting to greener ways of living. That alone can chech climate induced disasters.

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  3. A coworker of mine is from Morocco. He and a few others tried to play geography on me—I get it, we stateside aren’t known for it 😂—and they were gleeful I could point his homeland on the map. I followed up that we are only a few parallels north of that (the same parallel as Madrid, Spain), and that is complexion better suits the strong song than my borderline type 1-2 skin type on the Fitzpatrick scale, as my ancestors hail from much farther northern regions than where I live. So, burning is a constant threat as I don’t tan…and skin cancer runs in the family on my paternal side, who lived even further south for generations in the Deep South as farmers, teamsters, farriers, etc. There is a reason why (besides stores’ insistence on blasting the AC) I always wear hoodies, anything under 90ºF/32ºC. 😎☀️🥵

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