NEA predicts warmer temperatures over the next 2 weeks: Sun safety for kids is important
Temperatures could hit up to 36 deg C on some days, the highest ever during this time of the year! So keep yourself and your kids safe from the heat.
Over the next 2 weeks, temperatures are predicted to be up to 9 deg C higher than usual. On 15 March, The National Environment Agency (NEA) said that a dry spell could see temperatures hitting 36 deg C on some days, with other daily highs of 33 to 34 deg C.
Past NEA data shows the usual March temperature is around 27 deg C.
The hottest temperature recorded March in Singapore was in 1998, when the average temperature was 29.5 deg C, and NEA said the weather for this month is "likely to be comparable".
Sun safety tips
- Wear sunblock. As the temperatures go up, so will the chances of getting sun burns and skin cancer. The sunblock should have an SPF of 30, with the words 'broad spectrum' labelled on it. This means that it would protect against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. It is advised to apply it at least 15 minutes before going out.
- Wear sunglasses with total UV protection
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is vital, in this heat. Do carry a water bottle along with you. If your child is under six months, offer lots of breast milk- it provides plenty of hydration.
- Head out at the right time. Timing is important, if you can avoid heading out during noon (when the sun's heat is at its peak), it would be best.
- Sit in the shade. Avoid direct sun exposure by sitting under the shelter or using an umbrella.
News Source: The Straits Times
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