A scorching weekend is what Belizeans experienced over the weekend as temperatures rose as high as one hundred and seventeen degrees Fahrenheit in the Cayo District. As a sort of public service announcement, Dr Marvin Manzanero issued a reminder via social media for people to keep hydrated. Love News reached out to him asking for a breakdown of the ultra violet index he referred to as well as the hydration aspect.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Two things. One is that in Belize I don’t know how much of UV index we normally keep track of but UV index is an indicator of your potential to get dehydration, getting your skin burned and all those other potential hazardous issues with the sun. The UV index on Monday was around 13 in the Cayo area. That’s significantly high you’re not recommended to be out in the sun it has to be kept at a minimum and then we had the temperature real feel being a 117° Fahrenheit 47° centigrade which is significantly high you can get dehydrated very quickly. Even if you’re in a body of water and I know there’s lots of people who were out in bodies of water, be it in a swimming pool, be it in a sea, river you can still get dehydrated. Another thing is that we traditionally have people who might be using sugary drinks or beer alcohol to hydrate themselves and that’s not routinely recommended because alcohol can dehydrate you even more and sugary drinks can just spike up your sugar and bring about complications. People who have chronic conditions such as diabetes are also more likely to get dehydrated as are younger populations and older populations. Traditionally I don’t think we drink too much water or the adequate amount of water we should have and when we you have temperatures that are so high then your water intake has to be significantly higher. Notice I’m saying water intake because anything else that you add be it sodas or beers should not be part of your consideration as body fluid intake you’re supposed to be having.”
The Belize Weather Bureau has issued a heat advisory echoing that of the Driector of Health Services. They added that the conditions are conducive for forest fires around the country.