Extreme heat advisory for Aruba

ORANJESTAD- The Meteorological Department of Aruba has issued an extreme heat advisory on September 9. 2019.

Factors like high temperatures, a medium to the high level of humidity in combination with a relatively light breeze in the upcoming days can cause severe heat and may cause discomfort. Temperatures can range from 33 to 36 degrees Celsius together with humidity that varies from 65% - 90%, will contribute to a “feel like temperature” of 38 to 42 degrees Celsius. The heat and humidity will not decrease so much at night since the small change in temperatures of only 27 to 29 degrees Celsius. This will increase the risk for those that cannot find places to properly cool off. 

HeatwaveWe are in the hottest season of the year.

Excessive heat is the number one weather-related cause of fatalities. Preparations should be made to handle the extreme heat. Children, the elderly and heart patients are most at risk. Please limit outdoor physical activity to the early hours of the day or after sunset. If you have an It is advisable to use air conditioning, fans or to open windows to let the breeze circulate. 

Department of Public Health precautionary measures:

The Department of Public Health also informs the public of precautionary measures to deal with the heatwave. An excessive heat advisory means that an extreme heat period is expected. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, sunstroke, high blood pressure, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and even strokes after prolonged exposure.

The DVG encourages the community to:

  • drink at least 2 liters of water during the upcoming days;
  • to use minimum SPF30;
  • wear sunglasses, caps or hats, light-colored shirts (cotton or linen);
  • avoid hot caffeine-containing beverages or high sugar-containing drinks between the hottest hours of the day (11:00 am - 2:00 pm).
  • regularly monitor the most vulnerable groups and make sure they are hydrated and in a cool place.
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