Keep hydrated this summer, Doc reminds UAE residents


BANNERDUBAI – Summer has yet to come, but the temperature in the UAE has been obviously rising for the past couple of weeks.

The heat in the country is palpably scorching at 44.3 degree Celsius recorded by UAE’s National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) on Sunday, April 9 in Mezairaa, Abu Dhabi at 1:30 p.m.

The highest recorded temperature in Dubai was 55 degrees Celsius in 2002, and last summer, the temperature in UAE reached between 45 and 49 degrees Celsius, with humidity levels reaching a maximum of 90 percent in internal areas and 95 percent along the coast that made the residents experienced “as if it’s actually 64 degrees Celsius.”

As the summer starts in June and although residents can still bear the heat today, a Sharjah-based doctor reminded the public to stay hydrated always.

“It’s very important to be hydrated during summer. It can be done by either drinking water or taking certain food,” Syed Rahil Ahmad of Bristol Medical Center LLC, said.

In a phone interview with Ahmad, he said that food containing electrolytes, those rich in sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium are good to prevent dehydration.

Drinking two and a half to three liters of water a day is the most vital way to evade dehydration during hot days, he added.

Water is needed by every cell, tissue and organ in one’s body to work properly. Body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints.

Ahmad, who has more than five years’ experience in handling General Medicine cases and emergencies, mentioned that one can also drink fresh fruit juices aside from water during summer to avoid this phenomenon.

Symptoms of dehydration

Ahmad said that the best thing to do to check if one might think if he is not drinking enough water is to check his urine.

If one’s urine is usually colorless or light yellow, then he is hydrated. If one’s urine is dark yellow or amber yellow, he maybe dehydrated.

“Another thing is, if the amount of urine is decreasing, and if your body temperature increases,” he added.

If someone feels dizzy, the doctor noted that he might have lost quite a lot of fluid in the body.

This also includes increased thirst, dry mouth or throat, tiredness or sleepiness, headache, dry skin and few or no tears.

“If they are outside, they should immediately go inside and start hydrating themselves.

“It’s so important not to drink water too much or in one gulp,” he stressed.

If there is no water around when one feels dizzy and dehydrated, food including leafy green vegetables, lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, watermelon, and celery will be fine as these have 90 percent or higher water content.

“If you’re going outside, you should always carry things that are high in water content,” Ahmad said.

If these will not rehydrate someone, he should go to the nearest clinic.

He reminded the public not to take any medicine to cure dehydration because drinking water is the best way to hydrate oneself.

The NCMS predicted that the maximum temperature on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, will be 40 degrees Celsius to 42 degrees Celsius.

“This case is not something you can control and it’s not yet summer. We’re still in the transition period.

“Currently, temperature will keep increasing, then decreasing and so on.

“For example, on Sunday we expect the maximum to reach 42 degrees Celsius,” a weather forecaster said in a report.

Last year, the hottest day was August 3, with a high temperature of 48 degrees Celsius while the hottest month of 2016 was August with an average daily temperature of 43 degrees Celsius.



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