Health Ministry urges precautions amid extreme heat wave

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Men shower at a public beach as they take refuge from a summer heat wave in Tel Aviv on Thursday, July 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Men shower at a public beach as they take refuge from a summer heat wave in Tel Aviv on Thursday, July 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The Health Ministry urges the public to take precautions amid extreme heat conditions over the next several days. The heat wave, including exceptionally dry and windy conditions, will affect most areas of Israel.

Children, the elderly, pregnant individuals and those with preexisting health conditions should be extra careful about not exposing themselves to the heat and sun, staying in air-conditioned spaces if possible. They should drink water and not exert themselves physically.

The ministry reminds parents and other adults to be extremely mindful of not leaving babies and children in cars, which heat up quickly, often leading to serious injury or death within a short period.

Heatstroke and exhaustion can result from traveling, working, or hiking outside during extreme heat conditions. The public is asked to consider putting off such activities until temperatures drop.

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