Tips On How To Beat The Heat Wave This Summer!

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-04-09 02:00:00.0Category:  Awareness
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The Heatwave has hit Andhra and Telangana and has killed 111 people so far. The signs of a heat stroke are: rapid panting, wide eyes, lots of drooling, hot skin, twitching muscles, vomiting and a dazed look. According to the met department, the temperature was above normal at many places over Rayalaseema and appreciably above normal at one or two places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh. The highest maximum temperature of 42 degree Celsius was recorded at Anantapur and Nandyal. The year 2015 was the third warmest year since 1901, but 2016 is not expected to provide much relief. In its first summer outlook for the country, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared that the entire country will experience higher than normal temperatures. Temperatures over northwest India are expected to be more than 1° Celsius above normal. According to the Outlook, core heat wave zone states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana and Met subdivisions of Marathwada, Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra and coastal Andhra Pradesh are all set to face severe heat wave conditions in the coming months. Below are some tips on how to prevent yourself from getting a heatstroke without air conditioning!

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11 Tips for Surviving A Heat Wave Without Air-Conditioning

In summer, heat waves can strike areas of the country where cooler climates are the norm. In these areas, many homes do not have air conditioning , and surviving in the extreme temperatures becomes a challenge for everyone. The following steps can help you keep cool during a heat wave even if you have an air-conditioned home.

  • Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home. Opening doors in the house and using box fans to push hot air outdoors can function as an "exhaust" system and draw cooler evening air into the house.  When the sun rises, close all doors and windows, making sure to close curtains and blinds as well, to keep the indoors cool for as long as possible.
  • Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet.  Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold  water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.
  • Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor. 
  • Eliminate extra sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances lef running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.
  • Consume more water than you usually do when it's hot. If you're sweating profusely, you will also need to replace electrolyte by eating a small amount of food with your water or by drinking specially-formulated electrolyte replacement drinks.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as both of these substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.
  • For a homemade "air conditioning" system, sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan filled with ice.
  • Don't eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.

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