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Pilgrims to experience above-average heat during the Hajj 2024

Pakistan reiterates call for Hajj pilgrims to take precautions against heatstroke

Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia are likely to experience above-average heat during the Hajj 2024.

Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia’s National Meteorology Centre predicted that pilgrims can expect average high temperatures of 44 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) during the Hajj.

The forecast indicates “relative humidity of 25%, rain rates close to zero, and an average maximum temperature of 44 degrees.”

“The expected climate for Hajj this year will witness an increase in average temperatures of one and a half to two degrees above normal in Makkah and Medina,” National Meteorology Centre chief Ayman Ghulam told a press conference.

The forecast indicates “relative humidity 25 per cent, rain rates close to zero, average maximum temperature 44 degrees”, he said.

Keeping the weather forecast in view, the Pakistan Hajj Medical Mission (PHMM) on Thursday advised Pakistani pilgrims to take all possible precautions against potential heatstroke due to an expected severe heat wave during the Hajj days.

PHMM Director Brigadier Jamil Ahmed Lakhair suggested that pilgrims use face masks and umbrellas, avoid sun exposure, and drink plenty of water, preferably ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts), to maintain their health for the Hajj days starting from the 8th of Zilhaj.

“Save your energy for the Hajj days to be spent in Mina, Muzdalifah, Arafat, and while performing Rami (stoning to devils) in Jamarat.

PHMM head said, “A person must avoid direct heat exposure, drink plenty of water and juices, shower with cold water, avoid hot drinks… and must consult a doctor in an emergency if any of the heatstroke symptoms occur.”

Last year, more than 2,000 people suffered heat stress, according to Saudi authorities, after temperatures soared to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit) during the Hajj season.

The Hajj 2024, which is likely to begin on June 14.

 

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