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Feeling Hot? DDM issues VI heat advisor for 11am-3pm

Feeling Hot? DDM issues VI heat advisor for 11am-3pm

Persons in the Virgin Islands who will be outside, today May 8, 2023, for extended periods are asked to be cautious amidst above-normal temperatures today.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in a statement today said its Weather Stem is showing a heat index above 84.2°f. In addition, the Weather Stem temperatures is highlighting that temperatures will be between 82°f and 85°f between 11am to 3pm.

“These are less than ideal conditions use discretion for sporting activities/intense or prolonged work and closely monitor players/workers at risk. Provide at least three separate breaks each hour with a minimum duration of 4 minutes each.”

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in a statement today said its weather system is showing a heat index above 84.2°f. In addition, the Weather Stem temperatures is highlighting that temperatures will be between 82°f and 85°f between 11am to 3pm.



As such, the department has also issued some tips to help persons cope through the season.

1. Drink more water to stay hydrated - at least 8-10 cups of water.

2. Keep a bottle of water with you as a reminder to drink water.

3. Wear light-colored clothing preferably cotton. Cover your skin as much as possible.

4. Wear broad-brimmed hat to cover head and face.

5. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, especially during this time.

6. Reduce the consumption of protein-rich foods (eg. red meats) as they increase metabolic heat.

7. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are better options.

8. Monitor our blood pressure to ensure they are in the normal range.

Persons are also being encouraged to Stay indoors whether it’s in the house or office between 12 pm and 3 pm each day as much as possible and to take cold water baths before going to bed at night or even throughout the day.
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