Taipei--The recent heat wave has seen an uptick in the number of people suffering from heat related ailments, with 123 related hospitalizations from June 1-10, according to statistics from the Health Promotion Administration (HPA).
The number represents a recent spike in cases after 83 people sought treatment for heat-related ailments from June 1-8, HPA data showed.
In May, the number of people seeking emergency treatment for heat symptoms totaled 160, according to the HPA.
There are several tips to prevent heat-related problems, the HPA said, adding that these include wearing comfortable, light-colored, breathable and quick drying clothes, using sunscreen and other protective measures when outdoors, and drinking at least two liters of water a day, even if not thirsty.
The HPA also suggested people should eat more fruit and vegetables and avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
Meanwhile, it advised people to watch the weather forecast and vulnerable groups, including babies, children and seniors, to avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and to take preventative measures if they need to go outdoors.
The agency said that people who show signs of heat related ailments, such as a high temperature, dizziness, elevated heart rate, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke or heat spasms, should leave the high temperature environment immediately and wipe themselves down with a damp towel or fan themselves to cool down and drink beverages containing electrolytes.
The mercury in Chiayi soared to 36.2 degrees Celsius at 12:47 p.m. on Sunday, the highest recorded in the southern county this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
In addition, five other locations around Taiwan also saw record highs for the year, with 35.8 degrees recorded in Banqiao New Taipei, 34.3 degrees in Tainan, 34.2 degrees in Kaohsiung, 33.6 degrees in Su'ao, Yilan County and 33.4 degrees in Yilan City, according to CWB data.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel