The Canarian Health Council has issued red heat alerts for Tías, Arrecife ands San Bartolomé that will stay in place until Monday. Red is the highest level of alert, meaning significant risk for the population.
Yaiza will be on orange alert (be prepared), Teguise on yellow alert (stay informed) while no alerts have been issued for Haría and Tinajo.
Health Council alerts are issued on the assessment of possible risks, unlike the alerts issued by weather agency AEMET, which are automatically issued when temperatures are predicted to reach a certain level.
The Health Council has issued the following advice for citizens during heatwaves:
- Try to remain in cool, shaded or air-conditioned places, and refresh yourself when needed.
- Cut down physical activity and do not practice outdoor sports in the central hours of the day.
- Drink water or liquids frequently.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or high amounts of sugar, as they cause dehydration.
- Pay special attention to: babies, children, pregnant or lactating women, as well as the elderly or people with diseases that can be aggravated by heat (such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancer, reduced mobility, dementia and other mental illnesses, as well as drug or alcohol abuse).
- Wear light, loose clothing that allows perspiration.
- Do not leave anyone in a parked and closed vehicle (especially people who are minors, the elderly or those with chronic illnesses).
- If you suffer symptoms that last more than an hour and that may be related to high temperatures, see a doctor immediately.
- Eat light meals that help replace the salts lost through sweat (salads, fruits, vegetables, juices, etc.).
- Keep medication in a cool place; heat can alter its composition and its effects.
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