18 people hospitalized with overheating over weekend in Latvia

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18 people were taken to hospitals Saturday and Sunday with signs of overheating, Ilze Bukša, spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) told Latvian Television June 20.

“Calls related to overheating are starting to come in and people need to be brought to the hospital. There are also many more injuries and accidents. Unfortunately, hot weather provokes accidents. People move a lot more, go out in nature, are more active, and then the risk of accidents is greater. Consequently, we have to react more frequently to injury calls," explained Bukša.

Sunday, June 20, was the hottest day in Latvia in the last two years with temperatures reaching +32 C. Monday will be even hotter, according to forecasts, with temperatures reaching +34 C.

Members of the public are advised to drink lots of water and seek shadow during the most extreme heat of the day. They are also being reminded not to mix swiming with drinking alcohol. So far this year rescue crews have pulled 42 dead bodies from the water.


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