Youth holding surf boards chat as a couple walks along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea at a beach in Ashkelon, Israel June 21, 2017. .
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)
With a severe heat wave due to hit Israel on Monday and last through Wednesday, the Health Ministry urged the public to avoid sunstroke and dehydration.
The public -- especially the elderly, those with chronic diseases, children and pregnant women -- should keep out of the sun and remain in air-conditioned rooms, if possible. They should avoid unnecessarily exerting themselves and are advised to drink a lot of water.
Magen David Adom reported on Sunday that on exceptionally hot days, many more calls are received at its 101 hotline with people reporting of weakness, fatigue, fainting, dehydration and heat strokes, requiring MDA to raise its preparedness level.
Cold water is preferable to hot water and water is better than soft drinks, which cause thirst due to the sugar content. When going outdoors, wear broad-brimmed hats and appropriate light clothing with sleeves.
Never leave babies and toddlers in parked cars even for a moment. Within minutes, children left in hot cars can suffer heat stroke and even death.
When in the sun, use highly protective sunscreen. Avoid visiting the beach during the hottest hours of the day after 10 a.m. and before 4 p.m.