The University of Maine has produced a global heat map showing how the whole world is experiencing a heatwave. Countries with a colder climate haven’t escaped the heat wave, either.
The UK is baking at 37 degrees Celsius (98o F). Even the Scandinavian region, Siberia, Canada, and the Caspian Sea — traditionally colder places — are sweltering. Japan was also badly hit, with thousands of people admitted to hospital due to heatstroke. The situation was so dire that the government declared the phenomenon a national emergency. Forest fires in Sweden have also suddenly spread to the Arctic Circle.
The United States also experienced its fair share of the heatwave. In Gastonia, North Carolina, the temperature, climbed to a record-high of 107o F. Thankfully, most homes across America are equipped with air conditioning units to help them cope with the hot climate.
Maximize Air Conditioning
Prevention is better than cure, so make sure your AC is in excellent condition during the hot season. Call an emergency AC service in Gastonia if the unit is showing signs of disrepair. Don’t wait for the AC to break down completely. With proper maintenance, you can keep your unit in good condition and prevent future breakdowns.
When AC units work, everything’s fine; but when they break down, people are at risk of heatstroke.
Symptoms of Heatstroke
Heatstroke is caused by exposure to high temperatures and an inability of the body to control its temperature. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Its symptoms are:
- Temperature above 104
- No sweating
- Red, hot skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Racing or weak heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
Anyone with these symptoms should be moved to an area with an electric fan or air conditioning. If the person shows no signs of improving, immerse him or her under a cold shower or in a bathtub filled with cold water. The patient can also be cooled with cold sponges. While performing these immediate remedies, make sure to call 911.
The world is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave. Keeping cool is important and effective air conditioning can save lives.