Heatwave continues to blast kingdom

25-07-2015 11:42 AM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - More scorching weather is forecast today as the kingdom continues to bake in a sweltering heatwave which pushed temperatures well beyond their seasonal average by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius.

The weather will remain hot across the kingdom while the southern port city of Aqaba is set to see mercury levels breaking the 40 degrees Celsius barrier to reach 43 degrees Celsius.

The highs will remain in the 36-37 degrees Celsius vicinity in Amman and in the kingdom's highlands, north and south, the Jordan Metrological Department says in its daily update.

This is the first major heat wave to hit the kingdom this summer. Over the past three months, temperatures remained around their seasonal average and even below average sometimes.

No heat-related incidents have been reported so far but authorities continue to warn of sunstrokes and advise citizens to avoid direct sunshine especially at peak hours.

In such conditions, people are advised to drink plenty of fluids to ensure their bodies maintain efficient hydration all the time. People's reliance on air conditioners and fans pushed the national power grid's load to 2,500 megawatts on Friday and is set to reach 2,800 megawatts today and a record-high of 3,000 megawatts on Sunday, the government-owned electricity company said. The kingdom's maximum electric power load is 4,000 megawatts.

Despite the heat it brought, the current heat wave, originating from the Indian subcontinent, remains less biting of that of 2010 when temperature hit 40 degrees Celsius in Amman.

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