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Karachi heatwave: Mercury to soar to 42°C today

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department on Wednesday predicted that Karachi will face the brunt of hot weather from today as the maximum temperature in the city will likely to record up to 42°C.

Emergency was imposed in hospitals besides establishment of heatstroke centres following the new wave of heatwave to hit Karachi from Wednesday (today) till Friday.

The met office had earlier cautioned that a heat wave will grip the city from May 1st–3rd.

Mercury to soar above 40°C in other cities including Hyderabad, Sukkur and Turbat.

The low pressure in the Arabian Sea hampers routine sea breeze to the city during the heat wave and hot and dry winds could blow from north and northwest, the heat wave warning centre said.

The weather department advised the citizens, civic authorities and all stakeholders to take precautionary measures.

Medical experts advised citizens to avoid unnecessarily leaving homes in extreme sunlight and hot weather.

If you have no other alternative but to venture outside to run an errand, try to wear a hat and sunglasses. A hat is the best form of head covering which not only protects your head and scalp from the heat but also your brows.

It was also advised to provide immediate initial medical treatment to the affected person of heatstroke by pouring cold water after lying him to a shaded place before taking to a hospital.

Make sure that not only do you drink ample amounts of water and maintain a healthy water intake (such as 8 glasses daily) but also eat foods which contain sufficient water in them. Examples could include juicy fruits such as watermelon, grapes, mangoes or salads etc.

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