With around 340 days of sunshine every single year, Cyprus is truly a paradise for sun lovers. It’s a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the feeling of the sun beaming down on you, but the sun can also be harmful. It’s so important to know how to stay safe and healthy in the hot Cyprus weather and understand the dangers of the sun for those unprepared for it.
Tips for staying safe in the sun
Drink lots of fluids
In hot weather, you need to drink more fluids than you will normally be used to. Your body will lose fluids rapidly through sweating and this needs to be replaced. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid too much alcohol. It may be tempting to drink a tall glass of refreshing chilled beer when the weather is hot, but it won’t hydrate you. Stick to water in the day, and if you do want to treat yourself to an alcoholic drink, wait until the sun has gone down and drink in moderation.
Wear the right clothing
You’ll stay cooler if you wear clothing that is loose fitting lightweight and light in colour.
Remember the sunscreen
It’s vital to apply sunscreen whenever you go out in Cyprus. Even if there are clouds in the sky, the harmful UV rays will still penetrate and you could still burn. Don’t forget to keep reapplying throughout the day, particularly if you’re in the pool or the ocean.
Plan your activities according to the heat
Arrange your activities according the temperature. If you’re planning on doing anything energetic, such as going on a long hike, try to time it so you’re walking during the cooler hours of the day. When the sun is at it’s hottest, take the opportunity to relax and unwind in the shade. Exercise will affect you more in the heat so don’t overdo it.
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The adverse effects of the sun
Know the symptoms of illnesses caused by heat and you can help to prevent them and aid a fast recovery.
Heat exhaustion occurs after several days of exposure to the sun, particularly when someone has not had enough fluids. Older people and those who have high blood pressure are the most at risk, but it can affect anyone. Look out for excess sweating, extreme thirst, nausea, dizziness, confusion or headaches. If you observe any of these symptoms it’s important to get out of the heat and sit somewhere cool. Getting into water can help if you’re not feeling too dizzy. Drink plenty of water or a sports drink.
Heat stroke is a potentially life threatening condition caused by a rise in body temperature that the body cannot deal with. The symptoms start out like those of heat exhaustion but can progress rapidly. Mood changes can occur, along with a loss of coordination. A person may act almost as if they are drunk. They will feel hot to the touch. It’s important to move them to a cool place immediately. Water applied to the body either via a damp cloth or sponge, or in the bathtub or shower will help to lower the temperature. Lots of fluids are important and if symptoms do not dissipate quickly, seek medical help.
Stay safe and enjoy your trip to Cyprus
By following these guidelines, you’ll have a safe, healthy and happy trip to Cyprus. No one wants to be ill while they’re away, there’s just so much you’ll want to see and do while you’re here. Keeping cool, protecting your skin, keeping hydrated and not overdoing the physical exercise will all ensure you’re protected from the heat and can simply enjoy the sunshine. To learn more travel and health tips for your stay in Cyprus, visit our website today.
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