The Meteorological Services Department of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate have issued a warning of a serious heat wave which will hit Zimbabwe starting tomorrow, 10th of October:
The Meteorological Services Department wishes to advise the public that the prevailing weather conditions of very high temperatures all over the country are expected to continue until next week. Daytime temperatures all over the country are expected to range between 35˚C and 43˚C, peaking as high as 45˚C in low-lying areas. Places such as Kariba, Beitbridge, Chiredzi and Binga are likely to be worst affected.
Temperatures are expected to reduce slightly in the Lowveld (by 2˚C or 3˚C) on Monday 12th October, but thereafter should increase again until Friday 16th October.
The heat wave is currently affecting parts of South Africa and Botswana and is expected to move in to Zimbabwe tomorrow to increase already high temperatures. This is a serious health warning and people should make every effort to protect themselves from the potentially harmful effects of high temperatures.
Harare News would like to advise readers to take every precaution to prevent dehydration and possibly heat stroke as temperatures rise. Particular care and attention should be paid to the very young –babies and children – and the elderly, who are especially vulnerable. Also, those who suffer from chronic illnesses, especially those that affect breathing or heart rate, or those taking medication that affects temperature control or sweating should be vigilant against the effects of high temperatures .
Over the next week, please make every effort to stay out of the sun, especially between the hours of 11am and 3pm, the hottest time of the day. Try to keep cool and drink lots of cold drinks such as water or diluted fruit juice. If possible, refrain from being physically active (sports, dance, manual labour, etc.) and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
If you or anyone you know experiences any of the following symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately: breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps that get worse or don’t go away.