Battling the Blazing Heat: Coping with the Heatwave in Malaysia

Malaysia is no stranger to tropical heat. The country has experienced severe heat waves over the past few years, but this year’s heatwave has been the most devastating so far. From February 18-22, many parts of Malaysia experienced temperatures up to 36 degrees Celsius (97 Fahrenheit), which is well above the normal temperature range for this time of year. Even after temperatures returned to normal during the weekend, extreme weather conditions were still reported across several Malaysian states. This was as late as Sunday morning. So how do you cope with excessive temperatures? Here are some tips from experts:

Extreme temperatures

Heatstroke is a medical condition that occurs when the body cannot control its temperature. It can be deadly if left untreated, but there are ways to prevent it.

Heat exhaustion is another way extreme temperatures affect your health. If you experience symptoms such as dizziness or nausea after being in hot weather for too long, heat exhaustion has set in. It needs immediate treatment by a doctor or medical professional.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical condition caused by an increase in body temperature. It affects the brain, which can cause confusion and coma. Heat stroke symptoms include dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weakness or fatigue and a rapid heartbeat.

Health risks

Heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps are all serious conditions that can be fatal. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition caused by high temperatures. It occurs when the body’s temperature regulation system fails and your body overheats. Heat stroke signs include:

  • Red, dry skin that is hot to the touch.
  • Rapid pulse (heartbeat) and breathing (breaths per minute).
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you suspect someone has suffered from heatstroke, call an ambulance immediately!

Stay hydrated.

While this is a simple tip, it can easily be forgotten in the heat. Dehydration is a serious condition and can lead to heatstroke if left untreated. The most effective way to avoid dehydration is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day–you should aim for at least two litters per day (about eight glasses). If you’re already dehydrated or feel like you’re becoming dehydrated, take these steps immediately:

  • Drink more water or other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Seek out an air-conditioned environment if possible (this may not always be possible).

Dress appropriately.

Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-coloured and loose-fitting clothing.

  • Wear a hat or other head covering to protect your face from sun rays.
  • Wear sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes from sun glare and UV rays.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and reapply at least every two hours

Use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Take extra precautions when spending time outdoors during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Don’t forget about the back of your neck, ears and shoulders these areas are often overlooked when applying sunscreen.

Seek shade and cool environments

  • Seek shade and cool environments.
  • Open windows, use fans, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Limit activity during the hot part of the day (usually between 12-3pm).

The most efficient way to stay cool and safe in the heat is to prevent heat-related illnesses by taking precautions. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a fun and healthy summer.

Drink plenty of water. Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing; loose-fitting cotton or synthetic fabrics are preferred.  If you must be outside for an extended period, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (usually between 12-3pm).

Limit outdoor activities.

The heatwave is a dangerous time to be out in the sun. Strenuous activity can lead to dehydration and heat stroke, so if you have to go somewhere, try not to walk or run there. If you must exercise, do it indoors or at night when the temperatures are cooler. Also be sure to drink plenty of water a reasonable rule of thumb is 8 ounces every hour outside!

If possible, stay inside with air conditioning or other cooling mechanisms turned on full blast (like fans). Do not leave children or pets unattended in hot cars even with cracked windows!

This can be very dangerous. If you see someone doing this, call 911 immediately to report them. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car, try to get help from the nearest store and ask for assistance. If no one is available, break into the vehicle through an unlocked window (not by breaking glass).

Check on vulnerable individuals

Heatwaves are serious health threats and can be fatal, especially for vulnerable individuals. If you are concerned about someone’s safety or well-being during this period, please contact the hospital immediately and ask them to send an ambulance.

Please take care of yourselves and of each other.

Please be safe and stay hydrated during this heatwave. If you are concerned about someone’s safety or well-being during this period, please contact the hospital immediately and ask them to send an ambulance. Please take care of yourselves and each other.

Stay informed

The first thing to do is check the weather forecast. The Meteorological Department of Malaysia has a website where you can find the latest updates on temperature and humidity levels across the country. In addition, you can find any warnings issued by them. You can also visit their Facebook page or Twitter account for regular updates on these matters.

The local news channels will also provide information about heatwave conditions in your area; they usually do so during their morning shows and lunchtime breaks between 12pm and 2pm (Malaysia time). If you don’t have time during these slots, it might be worth checking out some of the channels’ websites later in the day or even early evening. This is if there’s still no sign of a storm coming through!

Social media platforms like Facebook & Twitter are thriving places for getting up-to-date info about what’s going on around town too; just make sure not everyone else knows where you live before posting anything…

If you’re still not sure if there’s going to be an outbreak, it might be worth checking out the weather forecast for your area. You can find this information on the Met Department website as well as on any local TV channels that provide hourly updates on what’s going on in Malaysia during those times of the day.

Extreme temperatures can be very dangerous, especially for the elderly, children and those with chronic conditions.

Extreme temperatures can be very dangerous, especially for the elderly, children and those with chronic conditions. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when your body’s temperature rises above its normal level. Heat exhaustion symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dizziness or fainting (syncope).

If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical help immediately.

Heat exhaustion is usually caused by being outside in hot weather. It can also be brought on by strenuous physical activity, especially in warm and humid conditions where the body cannot cool itself properly.


We hope this article has helped you understand extreme temperatures and their dangers. Remember to stay hydrated, dress appropriately and seek shade when necessary. If you live in a hot climate or are planning to travel somewhere in extreme weather conditions, make sure you check on vulnerable individuals such as elderly family members or children who may not be able to take care of themselves during these times. Also keep an eye out for news updates so that if something unexpected happens during a heatwave (like power outages), they won’t catch anyone off guard!


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