Saturday 4 July, 2020

2020 will be one of the five hottest years on record

Summer 2020 is gearing up to be one of the hottest on record, with July, which begins in a few days forecasted to be the hottest month of the year.

Globally, last month was tied with 2016 for the hottest May on record. Average land and sea temperatures were 0.95 degrees Celsius, or 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit, above the average dating back more than a century.

It is now virtually certain that globally, 2020 will be one of the five hottest years on record. NOAA now estimates there is about a 50 per cent chance that 2020 will be a record-breaker.

As the heatwave phenomenon becomes a reality, Loop is urging you to follow these tips to avoid falling victim to a heat stroke. 

  • Stay tuned to weather alerts and forecasts daily.  
  • If possible, avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 4 pm. 
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Do not leave children, older persons or animals in parked vehicles.  
  • Check on animals regularly. Ensure they have adequate water and are kept out of the sun. 
  • Do not exercise or engage in intense outdoor activities without proper protection. 
  • Be sure to drink water every two hours, even if you aren’t thirsty. 
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Visit locations where air-conditioning is available such as malls, libraries and restaurants. 
  • Keep the home cool by covering windows during the day and using air conditioners or fans during the hottest hours. 
  • If you have a chronic disease and take drugs, consult your doctor. 

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