Yambu: The Meteorological Agency has warned that the heat will intensify in some parts of Saudi Arabia. Temperatures are expected to rise to 50 degrees Celsius in various parts of the country from Sunday to Wednesday. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. Temperatures are expected in the eastern part of Riyadh, in the northern border areas of the country and in the province of Al Qasim, ranging from 45 degrees Celsius to 47 degrees Celsius.
The Met Office and the Civil Defense Authority have been asked to be extra vigilant and take safety precautions in case of rising temperatures. There are a number of health problems that can occur when the temperature rises. The Ministry of Health has also warned people to be aware of this.
When the ambient temperature rises above a certain level, the thermoregulatory system of the human body breaks down and the body loses its ability to dissipate heat. Many vital functions of the body may be impaired. This condition is called heat stroke.
The noon rest law has come into force in the country from last day to ensure the safety of workers working in open spaces. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development had warned that the law would last until September 15 and that those who violated it would be fined.
Although the noon break law does not apply to workers making emergency repairs and employees of petroleum and gas companies, employers should take steps to provide the necessary safety measures to protect them from the sun. Violations of the rest law can be reported to 19911 or through the ministry’s app, officials said.