Scorching Heatwave to Bake Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is bracing for another week of scorching temperatures as the National Center of Meteorology predicts unrelenting heat across the country. The unrelenting sun will see highs soar between 46 and 49 degrees Celsius in the Eastern Region and parts of Riyadh from Sunday, June 30, until Friday, July 5. Residents in these areas can expect sweltering conditions, making it dangerous to be outdoors for extended periods.

The scorching grip extends to parts of Makkah and Madinah, with forecasters predicting highs between 42 and 45 degrees Celsius. While slightly cooler than the Eastern Region, residents in these holy cities should still be cautious and take measures to avoid heatstroke.

The National Center of Meteorology reported brutally hot temperatures over the weekend, with Al-Ahsa and Sharurah recording the highest maximums at a staggering 47 degrees Celsius. Dammam wasn't far behind, reaching a scorching 46 degrees Celsius. Several other locations, including Al-Madinah, Mina, and Wadi Al-Dawasir, baked under a relentless sun, with highs reaching 45 degrees Celsius.

Experts advise residents to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, typically between noon and 4 pm. When venturing outside, people are urged to wear protective clothing, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid strenuous activity. Those working outdoors should take frequent breaks in shaded areas and stay hydrated.

The scorching temperatures can also pose a significant risk to health, especially for vulnerable populations like young children, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions. It's crucial to be aware of the signs of heatstroke, which include dizziness, headache, and confusion. If experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

With the relentless heatwave showing no signs of abating, residents across Saudi Arabia are urged to prioritize their health and safety. By following the precautionary measures outlined by the National Center of Meteorology, people can stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses.

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