The Network of European Meteorological Services (EUMETNET) has issued orange heat alerts - the second-highest level - for much of the Baltic region. As of Monday, July 30, the alerts are in effect nationwide in Estonia, in the central Latvian regions of Zemgale and Vedzeme, and in the northern Lithuanian counties of Panevėžio, Telšių, Klaipėdos, and Šiaulių. Temperatures surpassing 33°C (91°F) are forecast. Lower yellow alerts are also in place for the remaining regions of Latvia and Lithuania. The alerts are currently scheduled to remain in effect until Tuesday morning.
These high temperatures could be hazardous to health, particularly for the elderly, young children, and people suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac issues, hypertension, and diabetes. Symptoms of heatstroke include high fever, hot, red, dry skin, headache, nausea, drowsiness, intense thirst, confusion, convulsions, and loss of consciousness.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible between noon and 16:00 when temperatures tend to peak, remain well hydrated (with sugar-free, non-alcoholic beverages), and wear loose, light-colored clothing. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if displaying symptoms of heatstroke.
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