Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Let's Talk: How are Jamaicans handling the heat?

The extreme heat affecting the island over recent weeks has hit record levels, with a temperature of 39.1-degree Celsius last Saturday, for example.

The days have been muggy, keeping perspiration flowing constantly for those who have to walk or work outdoors.

And for those on the inside, unless having the comfort of air-conditioning, it has also been difficult to keep cool.

The heatwave affecting the island has resulted in the Ministry of Health and Wellness issuing a statement warning Jamaicans to take precautionary measures to combat the heat. The statement encouraged Jamaicans to hydrate with cool water, especially when it is hot and humid; drink more fluids; limit or avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and beverages that contain alcohol; as well as drink more water during and after vigorous activities.

The ministry also advised members of the public to avoid crowded locations and ensure that their homes are well ventilated.

Loop News reporter Job Nelson and videographer Marlon Reid visited Emancipation Park in St Andrew on Friday afternoon to get views on how Jamaicans are managing the heat. See the perspectives in the video below.


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