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Surviving the heat: advices from Antwerp

Take adequate measures to get through record-high temperatures

  • June 27, 2019 09:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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As temperatures in western Europe are rising to record levels and heat waves are looming on the horizon in several European regions, we all need to take extra measures to get ourselves through this period. Taking adequate care and following several simple rules, recommended by the local authorities, can be of enormous help to those who live in or visit the Belgian city of Antwerp.

The first and easiest to follow advice: seek a shaded place in the city. This is not difficult to do, as they are all around us: be it a library, service centre, shopping centre, church, and especially - pedestrian tunnels. Should you prefer to remain outdoors, always look for a bench under the trees.

Swimming is another great way to fight heat and Antwerp has many wonderful locations for the purpose: a list of 17+ is available at this link. Alternatively, if you have no access to pools or they simply are not your place, make sure to dip your feet into mild water: this will help to rapidly regulate body temperature.

The local authorities also suggest that insulating your house with a pool on the roof is an idea to take into consideration. And finally: make sure to drink plenty of water. For an adult the needed quality varies between 1.5 and 2 litres daily. However, alcohol and sweet drinks can have the opposite effect.

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