The highest temperature ever recorded in Iraq was 52.2 degrees Celsius (126.0 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 22, 2020, in Basrah. This is an extremely high temperature, especially for Iraq. Temperatures this high can be dangerous and even deadly. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur if people are exposed to such high temperatures for too long. It is important to stay hydrated, seek out shade, and limit strenuous activities in such extreme heat.
Tips for people in high temperature
1. Drink plenty of fluids: Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Drink water and other non-alcoholic beverages such as coconut water, herbal tea, and sports drinks.
2. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflects and not absorbs the sun’s rays.
3. Avoid direct sunlight: Whenever possible, avoid direct exposure to the sun and stay in the shade or indoors.
4. Stay cool indoors: Take advantage of air conditioning or fans to keep cool indoors.
5. Take cool baths and showers: Taking cool baths or showers can help lower your body temperature.
6. Wear a hat or use an umbrella: Wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella to protect your head and face from the sun.
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7. Eat light meals: Eating light meals throughout the day can help reduce the strain on your body.
8. Avoid alcohol and caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can cause dehydration and increase body temperature.