18/3/2016 : Malaysia Heatwave set to last till April

This weekend is a special time in astronomy. An equinox phenomenon where the sun's direct rays are crossing over the Earth's equator from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. March Equinox in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is forecast on Sunday, 20 March 2016.

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Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said that the current hot spell could cause a heatwave if the temperature exceeds 35°C for 5 straight days, or 37°C for 3 consecutive days, The Star reports.
In a statement, he said that of late, the highest temperature was recorded on Thursday in Alor Setar, and Chuping (Perlis) where it peaked at 38.5°C.

He said if the rain continued to stay away, then Kedah, Perlis and Penang could record even higher temperatures. “As for the Klang Valley, the nights will be hotter than usual,” he said.
The heatwave is set to last till April, Straits Times reports. The main risks posed by a heatwave are dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. As a precautionary measure, Malaysians are advised to take care when engaging in outdoor activities.
Tips to survive the extreme heat:

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:
·         Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.

·         Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

·         Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

·         Have cool baths or showers, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.

·         Keep hydrated by drinking more water. Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice.

·         Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine because these substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.

·         Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV.

·         Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

·         Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

·         Strategise your outfit. Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.

·         Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Sources: The Star Online Weather ExplainersMedicineNetStraitstimes / Featured Image from futuretimeline.net

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