An excessive heat warning has been issued for Antigua and Barbuda by the Meteorological Service. The warning spans from August 22 to 29 and islanders can expect temperatures to feel like 38 degrees Celsius or higher.
The Met Service cautions that light winds and high humidity could cause the heat index to rise to dangerous levels, leading to severe health problems for sensitive individuals.
The elderly, young children, those with chronic illnesses, the homeless, low-income households, and individuals who work or exercise in the heat are at the highest risk during this extreme heat event.
If you experience dizziness, extreme thirst, nausea, or increased breathing or heartbeats, it is recommended that you immediately relocate to a cool place and hydrate.
Heat stroke is the most dangerous illness caused by extreme heat, with symptoms like loss of consciousness, confusion, and high body temperature.
The Met Service urges individuals to seek medical attention if they or someone in their care experiences any symptoms of heat stress.