Tips for Bearing the Heatwave

Summer in Vienna means the possibility of heat waves and this can be unbearable to many people including tourists. The weather in the city is forecast to ohave high temperatures of up to 38C including in some parts of Austria. 

With the summer heat sure to stay for awhile, locals and visitors need to know the ways to keep cool particularly the elderly and the young ones. We share here some useful tips which should help cool you down these hot months. 

Drink plenty of water. Practice this not only when you’re thirsty but even if you’re not. Remember that everyone should drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water every day. If possible just stick to water as tea, coffee and alcohol can only dehydrate you. 

Avoid the outdoors. This should only be done, though, between the hours 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. If you need to go out during those times, just be sure to use sunblock and wear loose and light clothing particularly those made from cotton. 

Be in the coolest area of your house. Do spend your time in the coolest section of your house. Use airconditioning or electric fan to keep yourself cool and don’t forget to close the blinds particularly during the hottest hours of the day. It might help as well if you turn off the big lights and use your laptop only if possible. 

Douse yourself in cool water. Did you know that there are other ways you can cool down other than drinking water and taking showers? You can cool your feet by submerging them in a bucket of water or you can put a wet or damp towel on your head and shoulders. Also, you can fill a small spray bottle with water and then spray yourself from time to time. 

Be aware of the symptoms. It’s good to be aware of the symptoms of illnesses caused by too much heat. These include headaches, cramps, dizziness and fever over 38C. If you observe any of these on your friend or loved one, call emergency services right away. 

 

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