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Over the weekend temperatures in Germany hit 40⁰C, and everybody has been, quite rightly, out enjoying the Hitzewelle while it lasts. The reason it is so hot in Europe at the moment is because the hot Saharaluft (air from the Sahara desert) is blowing in our direction, causing heiße Tage – and tropische Nächte!
I love having Spaß in the sun as much as the next person, but it’s always good to be reminded of the Gefahren that come with a Hitzewelle, and the things you can do to stay safe during it! So why not learn them in German? 🙂
As you can see I’ve mixed Deutsch und Englisch here but omitted the German translations, hoping you’ll understand the words by their context. Tell me what you think of this method, as if you like it I’ll do it more often!
Trink viel Wasser! – Experten say we’re supposed to drink zwischen 1,5 und 2 Liter Wasser pro Tag on a normal day, but on hot days we should drink deutlich mehr! Alkohol and kohlensäurehaltige Getränke should be avoided, as these cause Dehydratisierung.
Erfrische dich zwischendurch – Whether it’s a refreshing Fussbad, a kühles Tuch on your Stirn, or whether you go all out and splash around in a Brunnen, a bit of refreshment during the day is an ideal way to keep cool!
Sei vorsichtig, wenn du Sport treibst – Listen to your Körper, and only do what you can in terms of Sport. Manche Leute cope besser in the Hitze than others. Schwimmen is obviously the ideal sport for heiße Tage!
Trage deinen Hut! – Everybody should wear a Hut to protect their Kopf, but it is especially wichtig for Kinder, and those with a Glatze. Doing so will prevent Sonnenbrand on the Kopf, and will keep the Kopf kühl.
Creme dich ein! – Vielleicht das Allerwichtigste!! Choose Sonnenschutz with a high UV factor, so that you can protect your Haut. You want to avoid schmerzhafter Sonnenbrand at all costs! If you don’t protect yourself, you are at risk of getting Hautkrebs or other Hautschäden.
Ruhe dich aus – Hohe Temperaturen can cause Müdigkeit. Have a Nickerchen for 20 Minuten if you can, to restore your Energie!
Zieh etwas leichtes an – Lüftige Kleidung are ideal for this Wetter. You definitely shouldn’t wear anything too eng. Hell colours are also better than dunkel colours, as they reflect the Sonnenlicht and keep you kühl!
Trage eine gute Sonnenbrille – Remember, your Augen need Schutz, too! Eine gute Sonnenbrille will protect your eyes vor starken UV-Strahlen.
Finally, here are some körperliche Gefahren to watch out for during a Hitzewelle, which may indicate you have der Hitzschlag:
die Müdigkeit – tiredness
der Schwindel – dizziness
die Ohnmacht – fainting
der Kopfschmerz – headache
die Übelkeit – nausea
die Dehydratisierung – dehydration
der Sonnenbrand – sunburn
Stay safe, and viel Spaß in the sun!