Be careful in sun and heat during Midsummer in Latvia

With a heatwave approaching, waters in rivers, lakes, and the sea will also warm rapidly, but  ultra-violet radiation will also be high, according to weatherman Toms Bricis.

The water temperature in Riga bathing locations is within +16 C to +20 C. The warmest water, as usual, is in Lake Bābelītis, where it reaches +20 C.

In Jūrmala, Majors, the water is +15 C warm, in Liepāja, Ventspils, and Saulkrasti the water temperature is around +17 C to +18 C, elsewhere on the seaside mostly +15 C to +17 C.

In Latvia's largest rivers and lakes the water temperature is between +16 C and +19 C.

In the coming days, the weather will become warmer in Latvia - on Līgo Day (June 23) the air temperature will reach +22 C to +26 C, on June 24 up to +28 C. On holiday, the maximum temperature will reach +30 C in some places.

There is always high ultraviolet radiation around the summer solstice. The thickness of the ozone layer above Latvia will decrease slightly in the coming days, so ultra-violet radiation will be particularly intense.

The intensity of ultraviolet radiation in the middle of the day will be around Level 7, which is rated as high. People with sensitive skin and who have had little in the sun this summer should be particularly careful of sunburns.

Nor is heat and radiation the only potential threat to our Midsummer fun. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on June 22 echoed earlier advice from the National Health Service (VMNVD) warning of myriad perils lying in wait for unprepared revellers. These include (but are not limited to): food poisoning and other disease as a result of poor hand hygiene when preparing food, dehydration, accidents while intoxicated, burns, insect and snake bites, poisonous plants, drowning and even sexually transmitted disease.

It is advised that people prepare a first-aid kit before their party so it is ready if required. Depending on the situation, you can call for help by calling the GP consultation number 66016001, the  Emergency Medical Service number 113 or the united emergency services number 112.

 

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