Heat wave warning issued, but lower temperatures are in sight
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This wave of very hot weather, that we, and much of Southern Europe is experiencing, will roll into the coming days.
The Met Office said today that the heatwave in Malta is expected to last until early next week. Temperatures are forecast to drop to a more agreeable 35 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, staying at this level at least until Thursday.
The Meteorological Office has issued a weather warning for today, and said that it will be renewing this warning according to whether the need arises.
Today the mercury hit 38 degrees Celsius at the airport, while the “feels like” temperature hovered around 42 degrees Celsius.
It warned that over the coming days, the UV index will measure between 9 and 10, making it particularly important to use a good sun cream with a high SPF.
Moreover, to minimise the impact of this hot weather, the public are advised to:drink plenty of water, even when not feeling thirsty, but not drinks containing alcohol, sugars, and caffeine, as these can have a dehydrating effect. Avoid or limit exposure to direct sunlight, particularly between 11:00am and 4.00pm. Don’t dark-coloured clothing and synthetic materials and try to travel early in the morning or in the evening when it’s cooler.
Photograph by Alain Salvary