The United Nations weather agency warned on Tuesday that COVID-19 would increase the risks of a presumably record-breaking hot summer in the northern hemisphere.
The World Meteorological Organization has urged governments to make plans to ensure the safety of people during the heat waves without spreading the novel corona virus.
This year is expected to be "another record-breaking heat season in the northern hemisphere," said WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis Kapp at a virtual briefing in Geneva.
"We are currently experiencing one of the hottest years in existence.
"COVID-19 increases the health risks from hot weather for many people and complicates administration."
The United Nations agency partnered with non-governmental organizations on Tuesday to make greater preparations to ensure people's safety in hot weather while keeping the pandemic under control.
The information series, which covers topics such as ventilation, vulnerable populations and personal protective equipment, is being released "to alert decision makers to try to meet the duel challenge of heat and COVID," said Nullis Kapp.
In some places, what is usually considered good advice during a heat wave – for example, for air-conditioned public interiors – contradicts the guidelines for public health due to the coronavirus crisis.
India is currently experiencing a widespread heat wave with temperatures of 47.5 degrees Celsius in the city of Churu in Rajasthan.
"India is experiencing a heat wave and this is also a relaxation of the blocking measures," said Nullis Kapp.
"Heat waves are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. This is putting increasing strain on human health and human health systems," she added.
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