South Korea continues to experience a record-breaking heat wave, as temperatures rose to near 39°C (102°F) in Seoul and 40°C (104°F) in other parts of the country on Wednesday, August 1. Similar temperatures are expected Thursday, August 2. Nighttime lows are also remaining above 25°C (77°F). Twenty-seven people have died of heat stroke, with 2200 others hospitalized, as of Tuesday, July 31, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The heat wave will continue into Friday, August 3 for most of the country, with southeastern South Korea, including Deagu, expecting temperatures up to 38°C (100°F) into Saturday, August 4. Above average, though less extreme, temperatures are expected to persist across the country for the duration of August, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
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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