Heatwave: Residents advised to remain hydrated

A warning has been issued for Gauteng, Limpopo & Mpumalanga, with temperatures expected to soar.

FILE: People in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga have been warned to stay out of the sun and remain hydrated. Picture: free images

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service was warned people in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga to stay out of the sun and remain hydrated.

Forecasters have issued a heatwave warning for all three provinces for a second day, with temperatures expected to soar well above the 30 degree mark.

The very hot conditions are expected to persist until Thursday.

Forecaster Vanetia Phakula says, "Hence we've continued with the heatwave alert. The heatwave alert will continue up until Thursday. There's a possibility that it might continue into the weekend as well but so far we've kept it up until Thursday.

At the same time, paramedics have advised people to take precautions against heat stroke and to avoid outdoor activity when possible.

ER24 has shared the following tips:

• Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

• Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children and ensure they stay well hydrated.

• Ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.

• Try to stay out of direct sunlight.

• Wear the appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.

• Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.

• If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.

• Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.

ER24's Chitra Bodasing says it's important to monitor people with any symptoms that may lead to heat stroke.

Signs or symptoms of severe heat stroke or exhaustion include severe headache, weakness or disorientation, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps or severe thirst.

"Persistent symptoms should be taken seriously and medical assistance should be sought."