PSD urges caution as heat wave persists

The Civil Defense Department on Sunday urged people to excersice caution amid a stifling heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above their seasonal averages over the past few days. (Photo: Freepik)
AMMAN — Public Security Directorate (PSD) on Sunday urged Jordanians to heed public safety measures amid an ongoing heat wave.

In a statement, the PSD warned against leaving hand sanitizers in vehicles on hot days, which could become a fire hazard, in addition to cautioning parents against leaving children in vehicles; or outside playing in the sun for too long. اضافة اعلان

The statement also called on drivers to remain wary of heat fatigue while in their cars during the day. 

Temperatures on Monday rose to between 12 and 13 °C above their annual average, indicating an earlier start to the summer, according to a Jordan Meteorological Department statement.

Sunny and dry weather is expected to prevail across the Kingdom on Monday with temperatures reaching highs of 35-36°C during the daytime and a lows of 23°C at night in Amman and the northern governorates, including Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun, Madaba, and Mafraq.

On Monday, hot weather is forecast in Ma’an and Aqaba, where highs will spike to 38°C and 41°C and lows will fall to 23°C and 28°C respectively.  

Temperatures in other southern governorates, including Karak and Tafileh, are forecast to hover around 33°C during the day and plummet at night to range between 19 to 22°C.

Kefah Al-Talawi, a nurse, said that hot weather increases the risks of “heat stress and heat stroke which include headache, dizzy spells, and general exhaustion.”

“People should pay considerable attention to providing their bodies with adequate amounts of water, which should be carefully distributed between the dusk and dawn period,” advised Nutritionist Sondos Jaradat.

The nutritionist also stressed the importance of “reducing caffeine consumption on these days to avoid the risk of dehydration.”

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