Deze week 40°C, ben je er al klaar voor?
Malta braces for blistering temperatures that 'feel like' 40°C
The UV index will fluctuate between 10 and a high 11 all week
Temperatures are set to rise to a high of 38°C this week, with the met office in Luqa warning this means it will feel like 40°C on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to the office's forecast, Monday's high of 36°C (which feels like 38°C), will increase to 38°C midweek, and drop to 37°C by Saturday.
The UV index will fluctuate between 10 and a high 11 all week.
A UV index reading of 11 or more translates into an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.
Health experts advise people to wear UV-blocking sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing. People should also reduce their time in the sun and avoid it between 10 am and 2 pm.
The country is currently experiencing a wave of sizzling temperatures after a heat dome settled across the country on Thursday, bringing elevated temperatures for at least four days.
Last week the authorities urged people to:
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.
- Drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost through sweating and eat more cold food such as salads.
- Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can make the situation worse.
- Wear light loose-fitting clothing.
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day - either opt for indoor physical activity or carry out your physical activity in the morning when it is coolest.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
- Look out for vulnerable or elderly neighbours, family or friends who may be isolated and unable to care for themselves and make sure they are able to keep cool.