Extreme heat advisory for Aruba

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 18-10-2019.

ORANJESTAD- The Meteorological Department of Aruba has issued an extreme heat advisory on September 17. 2019.

Temperatures that range from 33 to 36 degrees Celsius together with a high humidity of 90%, in combination with a light breeze, will contribute to a "“feel like temperature” " of 38 to 42 degrees Celsius.

The heat and humidity decrease relatively little at night to just 27 to 29 degrees Celsius. This increases the risk for people who cannot find places to cool down properly.

We are in the hottest season of the year.

HeatwaveExcessive heat is the number one weather-related cause of fatalities. Preparations should be made to handle the extreme heat. Children, the elderly and heart patients are most at risk. Please limit outdoor physical activity to the early hours of the day or after sunset. It is better not to go outside between 11 am and 4 pm and not to make too much physical effort. It is advisable to use air conditioning, fans or to open windows to let the breeze circulate. 

Department of Public Health precautionary measures:

The Department of Public Health also informs the public of precautionary measures to deal with the heatwave. An excessive heat advisory means that an extreme heat period is expected. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, sunstroke, high blood pressure, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and even strokes after prolonged exposure.

The DVG encourages the community to:

  • drink at least 2 liters of water during the upcoming days;
  • to use minimum SPF30;
  • wear sunglasses, caps or hats, light-colored shirts (cotton or linen);
  • avoid hot caffeine-containing beverages or high sugar-containing drinks between the hottest hours of the day (11:00 am - 2:00 pm).
  • regularly monitor the most vulnerable groups and make sure they are hydrated and in a cool place.
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