Updated: Heat Alert In Extended until Sunday Midnight in Hungary

  • 18 Jul 2024 7:51 AM
Updated: Heat Alert In Extended until Sunday Midnight in Hungary
The Chief Medical Officer has downgraded the third-degree heat alerts and extended the second-degree heat alert until midnight on Sunday, 21st July. What should you do?

The heat alert comes with advice to drink plenty, avoid the sun in midday hours and to stay in the shade, the national public health centre (NNGYK) and the disaster management authority OKF said in a statement.

During heat alerts, people should use skin protection, stay in air-conditioned places when possible and avoid physical exertion during the hottest hours of the day, the statement said - in particular warning of the dangers to the elderly, children and those with cardiovascular diseases.

Advice from WHO

* Keep your body cool and hydrated

* Use light and loose-fitting clothing and bed linens.

* Take cool showers or baths.

* Wet your skin using a damp cloth, spray, or wet light clothing.

- Drink water regularly (1 cup of water per hour and at least 2–3 litres per day).

* Regularly check in with vulnerable people in your circle – especially people over 65 years old and those with heart, lung or kidney conditions, a disability, and living alone.

Protect infants and children

* Never leave children or animals in parked vehicles for any amount of time, as temperatures can quickly become dangerously high.

* Avoid direct exposure to the sun during peak hours, seeking shade or staying indoors instead. Shade can reduce how hot you feel by more than 10 °C.

Never cover an infant stroller / pram with dry fabric – this makes it hotter inside the carriage. Instead, use a wet, thin cloth and re-wet as necessary to lower the temperature. Combine with a portable fan for even greater cooling.

* Dress children in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers their skin, and use wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect them from the sun’s rays.

* Follow the guidance on keeping your home cool to maintain a safe indoor temperature.

Highest-Level Heat Alert Issued for 15 Counties Until Sat Midnight

The weather service HungaroMet has issued the highest-level red heat alert for fifteen counties in effect until Saturday midnight, with median daily temperature forecast above 29°C.

The red alert has been issued for Baranya, Bács-Kiskun, Békés, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Csongrád-Csanád, Fejér, Hajdú-Bihar, Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Komárom-Esztergom, Pest, Somogy, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Tolna and Veszprém counties.

A second-degree heat alert has been issued for an additional four counties. The median temperature is forecast to stay above 27°C in Győr-Moson-Sopron, Nógrád, Vas and Zala counties.

HungaroMet has forecast sunshine accompanied by scattered showers and thunderstorms over the weekend, with temperatures hitting up to 41°C.

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