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GMet alerts public on high temperatures

Source The Ghana Report

The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) has urged the public to prepare adequately for scorching weather conditions as temperatures are set to rise significantly in the coming days.

A statement released by GMet on February 20, 2024, forecasts a surge in temperatures across the country as the sun moves towards the equator, peaking on March 20, 2024.

“The sun is on its apparent movement from the southern hemisphere towards the northern hemisphere and expected to be on the equator on March 20, 2024. Given this, an increase in temperature is expected from now through March to April 2024,” the statement indicated.

According to GMet, the high temperatures pose health risks to the public, especially vulnerable people.

“Maximum temperature range of 33°C to 37°C and 36°C to  42°C are expected over the southern and northern halves respectively. Minimum temperature is anticipated to range between 22°C and 27°C across the country,” the statement added.

To safeguard public health during this period of heightened temperatures, GMet recommends the following precautions:

Stay Hydrated: Ensure an ample intake of fluids to combat dehydration.

Seek Shade: Utilize umbrellas and hats, especially during peak sunshine hours (around 11 am to 3 pm).

Wear Light Clothing: Opt for lightweight and light-coloured attire to mitigate heat absorption.

Apply Sunscreen: Essential for those spending extended periods outdoors.

Monitor Vulnerable Individuals: Keep a close eye on children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Limit Outdoor Activities: Particularly during peak hours to minimize exposure to extreme heat.

Stay Informed: Regularly check weather updates and advisories from GMet’s dissemination platforms.

Seek Medical Advice: If experiencing heat-related health concerns.

GMet added; “This period also coincides with the transition from the dry season into the major rainy season for southern Ghana. Rains during this period will be less frequent but quite violent. Expect localized rain and thunder with occasionally strong winds, especially over southern Ghana”.

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