In response to the extreme heat (reportedly 34.6°C at the time of posting) in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area, The National Meteorology Service has release a yellow alert. The alert system indicates relative risk of mortality, and a yellow alert poses risk for those who have trouble regulating body temperatures, including young children, people aged 65 years and older, those with some chronic conditions and pets.
According to the Department of Health, a yellow alert requires a mild to moderate response. You should drink more water than usual (especially before, during, and after psychical activity), avoid or reduce consumption of dehydrating beverages (alcoholic, sugary, and caffeinated drinks), eat fresh foods (fruits and vegetables) and wear light-colored, breathable clothes.
- Read More: Cooling Tips from the Last Heat Advisory
While the yellow alert is valid for 24 hours (and expires at 6PM tonight), high temperatures are forecasted until Thursday, so the alert will likely be extended. Tomorrow may bring some reprieve with rain, according to La Nación, but preventive measures are still encouraged. And hey, maybe call abuela and she how she’s getting along today. Studies show more socially connected older persons have better mortality outcomes in heat advisories.