Dangers of heat: what’s the best way to cool down?

Dangers of heat: what's the best way to cool down?
  • Leon Smith

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A heat wave is rolling towards Germany. The heat can put a tremendous strain on the circulation. Here are 12 tips on how to cool off.

Fulda – It’s getting hot in Germany. Meteorologists expect temperatures of up to 39 degrees in the next few days. According to the weather forecast, there is hardly any cooling off. Even at night it stays tropically warm.

Heat warning in Germany: what’s the best way to cool down?

The German weather service (DWD) in Offenbach warns not only in Hesse, but almost all of Germany of a strong heat load. At the south-western tip of the republic – including in Baden-Baden and Freiburg – there is even an official warning of extreme heat.

The high temperatures put an enormous strain on the circulatory system. The elderly and people in need of care are particularly at risk, but the heat can also affect young people. “We have to assume that this heat wave will claim some victims again,” writes qualified meteorologist Dominik Jung on Friday in his newsletter for the weather portal wetter.net.

Heat puts a strain on the body. When it is hot, it is important to drink plenty of water and avoid exertion.

© Javier Carrión/dpa

“Drink a lot and don’t exert yourself too much” is Jung’s rule of thumb during these times. The weather expert gives 12 tips on how to cool down in the heat:

  • 1. Hydration: Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they can be dehydrating.
  • 2. Light clothing: Wear loose, breathable clothing made from natural materials like cotton to allow airflow and keep the body cool.
  • 3. Sun protection: Use sunscreen with an adequate SPF to protect your skin from sun damage.
  • 4. Seeking shadows: During the hottest hours of the day, stay in the shade to avoid direct sunlight.
  • 5. Fans and Air Conditioning: Use fans or air conditioners to lower the room temperature. If available, also use air-permeable materials for curtains and blinds.
  • 6. Cooling Showers: Take regular cool showers to lower your body temperature and find refreshment.
  • 7. Light Meals: Consume light, fresh meals rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid heavy, greasy foods. How about a watermelon pizza, for example?
  • 8. Water fumigation: Occasionally wet your skin with water to find relief from evaporative cooling.
  • 9. Plan activities: Shift strenuous activities to the cooler morning or evening hours.
  • 10. Breathable Bedding: Use light, air-permeable bedding to ensure a comfortable sleeping temperature at night.
  • 11. Mosquito Repellent: Protect yourself from mosquito bites with suitable means to be spared from possible diseases.
  • 12. Pay attention to physical signs: Watch out for warning signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, such as severe fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Get medical help if necessary.

“By following these tips, you can better protect yourself and ensure your well-being in times of great heat and tropical nights,” the meteorologist advises.

You can find more tips and tricks for health and the household in the advice section of fuldaerzeitung.de.

List of rubrics: © Javier Carrión/dpa


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