Heatwave alert for mainland Europe

09 July 2019

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that many regions in mainland Europe are experiencing a heatwave caused by warm air masses, and Saharan dust arriving from Africa. Spain was the first country to be affected by intense heat, which gradually spread to France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Travellers are advised that heat acclimatisation takes time and that some simple adaptations can be undertaken to reduce risk of heat related illness:

  • limit physical exertion until acclimatised 
  • maintain adequate hydration 
  • if urine becomes dark increase fluid intake, as this is a good indicator of hydration status 
  • wear light and airy clothing 
  • a hand held personal fan may prove invaluable when it is not possible to escape the heat 
  • avoid heat exposure during the hottest part of the day 
  • take advantage of air-conditioning and shade where possible

Further advice relating to heat can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Sources: TRAVAX and fitfortravel (both 3 July 2019)