How to cope with Malta’s first heatwave of the summer

Malta is about to bake in the hottest week of 2018 so far with a heatwave on the way.

The Met Office in Luqa has predicted uninterrupted hot, dry, sunny weather all week with soaring temperatures feeling as warm as 39°C from Monday.

But before you panic, book the week off work and launch yourself into the sea, here are a few handy tips to help you beat the hottest days of the summer so far in Malta.

Don’t go out without wearing suncream

Malta is set to be one of the hottest places in the Mediterranean this week.

So before you throw down your towel and soak up the rays at Paradise Bay, make sure you’ve stocked up on a decent factor of suncream.

Stay out of the sun if you can and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm, the hottest part of the day.

If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat and light clothing.

Crank up the air con

If your office is feeling the burn, make sure to nominate the most assertive person in the office that call up the facilities team to complain first-thing in the morning.

You’ll be thanking them come 3pm.

Carry a bottle of water

The main risk posed by a heatwave in Malta is dehydration, not having enough water.

Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice.

At home, have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.

Unplug your charger

While this might not be achievable in the office, unplug all of your electrical devices at home after you’ve finished using them.

Chargers, iPads and TV’s all produce unnecessary heat while they’re plugged in – and every little bit helps when you’re trying to cool down.

Treat this as a good excuse to go on a digital detox and switch-off from emails for a few hours.

Ditch the booze and the coffee

Tea and coffee are dehydrating, the same is true of alcohol – so don’t think a cool beer or a glass of wine will be your antidote after you clock off for the day.

Keep yourself hydrated with water this week – you should be aiming for over the recommended 2 litres per day in hot weather.

But if you really can’t live without your morning caffeine fix, opt for an iced latte instead.

Be a good neighbour

Look out for your neighbours, elderly relatives or friends who may be isolated and unable to care for themselves.

Make sure they are able to keep cool during the hot spell.

Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat – these include the following: older people, babies and young children, and people with a serious chronic condition.

Listen to 89.7 Bay for hourly advice on how to stay safe in the sun this summer

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