Intense Heat in Morocco: Essential Tips to Protect Yourself

The General Directorate of Meteorology has issued an alert regarding a heat wave expected from Tuesday to Friday, with temperatures ranging between 39 and 47 degrees in several provinces of the kingdom.

Houssein Youabed, head of communication at the Meteorology Directorate, attributed this temperature increase to the activity of the Saharan thermal depression, causing a rise in hot and dry air coming from the Sahara, a phenomenon known as “Charki”. The most affected regions include the southern provinces, the southeast, the interior of Souss, the interior plains of the north and center, as well as the plains of Tadla, Haouz, Rehamna, Tensift, the phosphate plateaus, the Oriental and Saiss.

Precautions to take

Experts warn of the health risks associated with this heat wave and recommend several preventive measures. They stress the importance of drinking plenty of fluids to replace the fluids and salts lost through sweat. They advise avoiding drinks rich in sugars and stimulants, which can worsen dehydration.

Additionally, a light, low-fat, low-calorie diet is recommended, as high-fat foods can increase body heat by speeding up metabolism.

Practical advice

Doctors also recommend practicing slow, deep breathing when feeling excessively hot, as this technique helps regulate body temperature. They also advise limiting sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when temperatures are at their highest. Using sunscreen, wearing hats and sunglasses are also important preventive measures.

These recommendations aim to protect the population from the harmful effects of extreme heat and to minimize health risks, particularly in the most affected regions. The authorities urge citizens to follow these tips to effectively manage this heat wave.

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