Heat: Avoid full sun, drink a lot, don’t stress yourself out and think about animals

Retreiver Flynt bathe in the heat. It will survive the hot days. Photo: Greetje Wachtmeester-Vos

Region – The tropical heat expected today, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, has dire consequences, which are not underestimated with any heat wave. Severe sunburn, dehydration, fatigue and smog are latent. Every tropical period in our region requires infections between humans and animals.

There is a good chance that the temperature in the peat colonies will rise above 35 degrees, possibly even 40 degrees Celsius. And then the body, which generates heat on its own, can lose this heat more difficult than usual. Especially with physical (heavy) work and sports. One way to get rid of overheating and prevent dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids. Coffee and tea are good. It is a misconception that this would draw moisture from the body. Alcohol is not considered thirst quenching because it means you have to go to the toilet more than once, so that you can dissipate fluids proportionately. Water is the best thirst quencher.

Solar power ‘off the charts’

Solar energy is very powerful. So the chance of burning the skin is very high. So applying a good sunscreen with a strong factor is a must. Also for people who say they are “used to a lot of sun”. Be sure to pay attention if you stay on the water. The surface of the water reflects the harmful UV rays of the sun, bombarding you with UV rays from above and below. It’s always a good idea to seek shade with this hot weather.

Solar energy for Monday and Tuesday. Note: The online weather graph is not high enough to show solar peaks. Illustration: weeronline.nl

Even when the sun goes down, it remains warm. This is partly because a lot of heat is stored during the day, for example, in the walls of buildings and roads. This heat is released again at night, so that it stays above average warm for a long time. Leave as little heat as possible in the house. So close the blinds, lower the awnings, and turn on the air conditioner if there is one. Let the air conditioner dissipate the heat outside. Sometimes people forget this. An air conditioner that does not blow warm air outside moves only warm air. Just like a fan that creates a draft of air inside and only ensures that sweat is transferred faster than the skin, an air conditioner without exhaust to the outside will not lower the temperature by one degree.


The heat can also create smog. People who are allergic to smog can get complaints as a result. This is why a smog warning is in effect from Monday. Smog is caused by the buildup of air pollution on sunny days. RIVM advises people allergic to smog to stay indoors and limit intense physical exertion.

vulnerable groups

Warm weather can mean that people who are unable to take care of themselves properly may experience discomfort (such as fatigue, headaches, and problems concentrating) and more serious health problems (such as dehydration and heat stroke). The elderly are the most at-risk group, as they are less able to control their body temperature and are less likely to feel thirsty. In addition, others can easily experience discomfort or health problems without taking measures; Think people with a chronic condition, people who live in social isolation, the homeless, people who are overweight, and (very) young children. Extreme heat and high concentrations of ozone in summer (summer smog) affect everyone, but summer smog also has vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children, people with respiratory illnesses, and people who exercise outdoors.

Watch out for the animals

As mentioned: roads absorb heat. This certainly applies to pedestrian and bicycle paths and paved highways. The temperature of dark colored asphalt can exceed 50 degrees. In some places in the bright sun, the asphalt softens due to the intense heat, keep in mind that when walking the dog, the paws on the asphalt can quickly burn. Dogs are often not smart enough to walk over a cliff on their own. There are pets who do not realize that it is comfortable to lie in the shade. Just as with humans, animals should not do much physical exertion. So don’t go for a long walk in the sun in the sun and don’t make it a sporty day for your riding. Animals that walk outside should always have a shaded area and plenty of water. Simple pigeons do wonders for many dogs and birds.

The Arca King Poodle dances in the dog bath of the dog next door, Flynt. Photo: Jan Venema

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