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July 17, 2017

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High humidity level makes it tough for residents of twin cities

High humidity level makes it tough for residents of twin cities

Rawalpindi

Residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad these days are bracing high-level of humidity, which is making it tough for them to breathe during this monsoon season.

The meteorologists predicted a few more days before the next spell of rains in the twin cities, whereas consistently high level of humidity is continuingly making life miserable for the residents of sister cities.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the humidity level in twin cities was around 53 per cent. The intensity of humidity level, they fear would go further up to 74 per cent in next 48-hours.

The factual temperature is 36 degree Celsius but it feels like almost 45degree Celsius, PMD spokesman said. “Relative humidity measures the saturation of water vapour in the air, according to PMD experts, so a higher relative humidity correlates with higher chances of rain. But high humidity also affects the human body’s natural cooling mechanism by preventing sweat from evaporating from the body,” he added.

Three people identified as Muhammad Niaz 42, Usman Bakhash 49 and Naveed Ahmed 34 fainted due to high level of humidity here on Sunday. They were shifted to nearby hospitals for medical assistance on the occasion.

The humid weather in both Rawalpindi and Islamabad troubled commuters and daily wage labourers as well. District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) former deputy medical superintendent (DMS) Dr Zafar Mehmood said people should focus on hydrating their bodies properly. “They should have a minimum of 12 to 16 glasses of water daily,” he advised.

He said salty food should be avoided because it increases thirst and accelerates water loss from the body. He also recommended avoiding exposure to direct sunlight. He advised against alternating frequently between air conditioned spaces and outdoors, which upsets the human body’s adaptability to temperature. On the other hand majority of families from twin cities rushed to Murree and Nathia Gali to spend their Sunday to avoid unbearable humidity.

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