Surviving the heatwave
(CS) The Luxembourg government has issued a number of recommendations on how to deal with the heatwave that is rolling over the Grand Duchy this week, with temperatures of up to 38°C forecast.
The Health Ministry suggests regularly drinking smaller quantities of water, regardless of whether you feel thirsty or not, and to limit consumption of coffee, tea, alcohol and dehydrating drinks with high levels of sugar or caffeine.
While the heat might ruin your appetite it is nonetheless recommended to eat small portions, for example of fresh fruit and vegetables, to recharge your batteries with essential nutrients.
Light clothing in light colours will help stay cool and it is recommended to avoid staying out in the sun during midday temperatures peaks. Sports or intense physical activity should also be avoided during the hottest parts of the day. Using sun screen and covering your head when outdoors is highly recommended.
To keep your home cool, windows and doors should be closed during the day with shutters closed until temperatures cool off in the evening and at night.
For elderly people the Red Cross offers a service to check in at their home to make sure that they are staying hydrated and managing during the heat. For more information visit croix-rouge.lu where sign-up sheets are available in French and German. Alternatively you can call +352 2755 to reach the Croix-Rouge reception for more information.
The warm temperatures are also contributing to air pollution with high levels of ozone expected. At-risk groups such as children, the elderly and sick people should try and avoid spending excessive amounts of time outdoors when ozone levels are high.