Code orange: Government activates warning phase of ozone and heat plan

Code orange: Government activates warning phase of ozone and heat plan
Today, temperatures are set to rise to 36°C in Belgium. BELGA PHOTO VIRGINIE LEFOUR

A new heat wave will hit Belgium next week, with temperatures exceeding 30° C in Uccle from Wednesday, with Belgium's Health Office advising how to keep cool. Over the next few days, a vast high-pressure area reaching over the British Isles will expand into southern Scandinavia.

The Royal Mereological Institute has put a yellow alert in place for Monday and Tuesday, with code orange alert from Wednesday. The federal heat and ozone plan as well as Flemish plans are now activated.

The warning phase is activated when the predicted maximum temperature in Uccle exceeds 25°C, according to the Interregional Office for the Environment said.

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The high temperatures and sunny days have an impact on ozone levels in the atmosphere as well. Currently, the levels of ozone on the atmosphere is normal and doesn't exceed the threshold of 180 µg/m³.

From Wednesday, the combination of air pollution, high temperatures and sunny weather could increase the concentration of ozone in the atmosphere.

How to deal with the heat

Staying out of the sun during peak hours is key as well as applying sun screen. Moreover, drinking enough to stay hydrated and keeping the house cool is key.

Municipalities, home care services, residential care centers, general practitioners, childcare and youth associations that work with vulnerable groups are asked to take precautions against the heat.

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