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Heat wave grips Freetown, FCC alerts residents

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A scorching heat wave has descended upon residents of Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, with temperatures reaching a blistering 33 degrees Celsius.

According to the Freetown City Council (FCC), what truly compounds this challenge is the soaring humidity levels, elevating the heat experience on the human body to a height of 37 degrees Celsius.

“As we brace ourselves for this intense weather pattern expected to persist over the next six days, it is important to take proactive measures to safeguard our health and well-being,” the FCC alerts.

The Council warned that: “These conditions can manifest with symptoms like dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, confusion and respiratory issues. Vulnerable individuals, including children, the elderly and pets, are especially at risk”.

However, the Council advised residents to stay protected during this heat wave by staying hydrated, drink plenty of water throughout the day; seek shade, limit outdoor activities during peak heat hours; dress appropriately, wear lightweight, breathable clothing; use cooling measures: take cool showers, use fans or air conditioning; check on vulnerable individuals to ensure they have access to cool areas and water and most importantly, stay informed by monitoring local weather forecasts for updates.

By taking proactive steps to stay safe and cool, the FCC said people can navigate this heat wave with resilience and care.

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