22/08/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - The heat wave we are currently experiencing on the island is set to peak today (Wednesday), as the Meteorological Agency revealed temperatures could reach up to 39° Celsius in some parts. The status of the heat wave has been upgraded from yellow to orange alert.
On Thursday, the heat wave is set to be downgraded to yellow alert again as temperatures begin to drop, however the public have been warned that some areas may still experience maximum temperatures of 36° Celsius.
According to AEMET the heat wave will eventually subside on Friday as temperature begin to drop back in to the twenties.
Health officials have stressed the importance of minimizing the risk of illness as a result of the excessive heat, especially amongst the most vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and sufferers of chronic illnesses.
They have urged the public to drink more water than you usually would, regardless of what you are doing and to not wait until you are thirsty before drinking. The elderly and chronic illness sufferers should consume a substantial amount of water every hour to avoid dehydration.
In general, you should avoid drinking caffeinated beverages, as well as alcoholic or sugary beverages. In addition, avoid eating large meals and opt instead for a diet rich in fruit and vegetables (make sure to wash them well before eating).
If you must go out in the sun it is recommended to not spend more than 15-20 minutes in it at first before taking a rest and direct exposure should not exceed two hours.
People are advised to wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 while children under three years of age should not be out in the sun. Air conditioners should be set at a temperature in the region of 24° Celsius in order to avoid a large contrast in temperature between indoors and outdoors.
If, despite following these guidelines, symptoms of illness due to excessive exposure to the sun arise it is recommended to relax with a damp sponge or towel in order to cool down, to take a bath if you experience dizziness and consume nonalcoholic, cold fluid. If symptoms persist medical attention should be sought immediately.