By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan, which sees change of temperature in accordance with every season of the year, is experiencing the hottest period of summer.
At present, the air temperature is 1-2 degrees above the long-term average temperature for July. “Heat has been established. If the average figure is higher, then it is considered a hot season, and if this temperature is observed over five days, that is prolonged heat,” senior researcher of the Department of Environment and Agroclimate of the Geography Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), doctor of philosophy on geography Maharram Hasanov told Trend on July 19.
Since July 18, the temperature has exceeded 40 degrees Celsius, and that will continue until July 22-23. Afterwards, the weather will be relatively cooler, but not for long -- after July 25 the heat will come back again, remaining until August 15, Hasanov believes.
He said that in some days of July the temperature will be between 39 and 41 degrees above zero in daylight. After 15:00, the temperature will gradually decline.
This weekend, the temperature in some places of the country can reach +43 C. Meteorologists warn that heat waves on the background of weak wind can fundamentally damage the well-being of most people. It is not recommended to stay in the open sun for a long time.
During hot days, the most vulnerable part of the population are elderly, children and the ones who suffer from chronic diseases. To feel more comfortable, people should drink more water and avoid alcohol, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less fatty meat. There are foods that help to cool the body down when the weather is hot, and Azerbaijan is rich in such fruits and vegetables. People should not miss this opportunity and consume more vitamins in summer.
It is also recommended to change clothing for the summer season and to prefer light outfit.
Of course, the best option during the heat is to go on vacation. People should not forget that working under direct sunbeams should be avoided.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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