The Network of European Meteorological Services (EUMETNET) has issued red heat alerts - the highest level - for parts of western Poland. These alerts are in effect as of 16:00 (local time) Tuesday, August 7, for the regions of Gorzowski, Strzelecko-Drezdenecki, Wschowski, Zielona Góra, Zaganski, Slubicki, Swiebodzinski, Nowosolski, Miedzyrzecki, Krosnienski, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Sulecinsky, Zarski, and Zielonogórski. Temperatures as high as 36°C (97°F) are forecast. Lower orange alerts are in place for many other areas of western Poland. The alerts are currently set to remain in effect until 21:00 on August 9.
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 t o 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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