Heatwave on, stay hydrated: MSD

19 Feb, 2024 - 10:02 0 Views
Heatwave on, stay hydrated: MSD MSD has urged the public to drink lots of water during the heatwave to stay hydrated

The ManicaPost


Post Reporter


THE heatwave being experienced across the country could cause health-related complications, including sudden death to the vulnerable, and people must stay hydrated, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has warned.


Temperatures as high as 42 Degrees Celsius have been recorded in some parts of the country over the past days, a rare phenomenon in February which is traditionally a wet period.


Zimbabwe is experiencing an El Nino weather season, marked by low rainfall and high temperatures.


Some parts of the country last received meaningful rains over a month ago, with crops being affected as they wilt.


In a statement, the MSD said the high temperatures being experienced may affect some people.


“Hot daytime conditions may lead to dehydration and increased evaporations rates. Increased evapotranspiration in fields may affect crops,” said the weather forecaster.


The MSD urged the public to drink lots of water while also consulting medical experts.

Said the MSD: “Wear a sun hat on sunscreen if you need to be outdoors for a prolonged period of time.”


The weather forecaster urged farmers to increase irrigation of their crops and provide proper shade and ventilation for their livestock.


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