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Switzerland: Heat alerts in effect July 31- August 5

Orange heat alerts issued for much of Switzerland, red alert issued for Ticino through August 5; take measures to prevent heatstroke

31 Jul 06:18 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/31/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/5/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Switzerland

Event

Switzerland's meteorological agency has issued several heat alerts which will be in effect through at least August 5. Orange alerts (the third-highest level) have been issued from July 31 throughout northern and western Switzerland. Additionally, a red alert (the second-highest level) has been issued from July 31 to August 5 in Ticino canton. Temperatures are forecast to reach as high as 36°C (97°F) during the heat wave. Further information can be found on the Swiss Meteorological agency website.

Context

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.

Advice

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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