Temperatures are set to rise to a high of 38°C this week, with the met office in Luqa warning this means it will feel like 40°C on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to the office's forecast, Monday's high of 36°C (which feels like 38°C), will increase to 38°C midweek, and drop to 37°C by Saturday.

The UV index will fluctuate between 10 and a high 11 all week. 

A UV index reading of 11 or more translates into an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.

Health experts advise people to wear UV-blocking sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing. People should also reduce their time in the sun and avoid it between 10 am and 2 pm.

The country is currently experiencing a wave of sizzling temperatures after a heat dome settled across the country on Thursday, bringing elevated temperatures for at least four days.  

Last week the authorities urged people to:  

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.
  • Drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost through sweating and eat more cold food such as salads.
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can make the situation worse.
  • Wear light loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day - either opt for indoor physical activity or carry out your physical activity in the morning when it is coolest.
  •  Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
  • Look out for vulnerable or elderly neighbours, family or friends who may be isolated and unable to care for themselves and make sure they are able to keep cool.

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