In 2020 a record high of 41.1 degrees Celsius or 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in Naka, Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture. Today in Tokyo temperatures soared to 37º C or 98.6º F. It seems like hotter temperatures are becoming the norm in 2021. Many people are gearing up with sunscreen, tank tops, shorts, and sandals to battle this heat. Working from home allows people to stay in during these high temps. Going out for walks are a great way to get out of the house and many people are doing so as more and more are becoming fully vaccinated.
Whether it's corona, or something else, it's important to be safe. Heatstroke is something that gets overlooked often. Have you ever taken it seriously? If you aren't careful you may be susceptible to heat stroke. Heat stroke can occur whenever it's above 29.44º C or 85º F. If you get into a parked car without air-conditioning, temperatures can be well above the outside temperature, especially if it's been parked in the sun.
Heatstroke can also occur if you exercise or do a strenuous activity that you aren’t used to doing, especially in hot weather. For those of you who like day drinking, make sure to pack and drink some water, try not to wear excess clothing, and try to stay under shaded areas. Basically just be careful if you are doing anything outside when it’s this hot.
Things that can make one more susceptible to heat stroke include children under the age of 10, adults over the age of 65, trainings or activities in intense heat, a lack of air conditioning, some medications, and pre-existing health conditions.
If not taken seriously, heat stroke can damage organs and in some cases can result in death. Heat stroke can often be overlooked so here are some symptoms and ways to avoid it.Don’t take my word for it. All information was collected from a quick Google search on Mayo Clinic. Here are the main points.
Having a high body temperature
A change in mental state or behavior
Dry and hot skin, or if you are exercising your skin may still be slightly sweaty or dry
Feeling like you want to throw up
Reddish or flushed skin
Breathing too fast and not taking deep breaths
A high heartbeat
Having a headache
Ways to prevent Heat-Stroke
Wear loose, breathable, lightweight clothes
Use sunscreen and limit your time in the sun and heat
Drink enough water (especially if you are drinking alcohol)
Read the side effects of medication
Don’t leave anyone in a parked car
Try not to exert yourself during the midday
Slowly condition yourself to hotter weather. Don’t start running a miracle mile in a hot and dry climate if you aren’t used to it.
if you currently take medication or health risks run in your family, be aware of them and stay cool. Be smart and you’ll be alright.