Hajj season to fall in hot summer months for next 10 years

Muslim pilgrims walk as they cover their faces from the sun, after they performed the ritual Jamaraat. (AP)

Hajj seasons will come in hot weather for the next 10 years and many pilgrims may be subjected to sun strokes, warned a study carried by Makkah daily on Monday.

The study, conducted by the Institute of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Hajj and Umrah Research, said the Hajj seasons will fall in the hot summer months of September, August, July and June in the coming 10 years.

The study noted a high rise in cases of sunstroke during last year’s Hajj season and added that sun strokes and other diseases of summer will continue to afflict pilgrims during upcoming seasons.

It said Makkah and the surrounding areas will be too hot during the next decade and warned pilgrims to take the necessary precautions to remain safe.

The study advised the pilgrims to avoid the direct rays of the sun, use umbrellas, take a lot of water and soft drinks, cover their heads, wear light clothes and put the air conditioner on while taking a bath.

It said the symptoms of sun stroke include hot body temperature, headaches and dizziness, loss of consciousness, fast heart beats and sweating.

According to the study, there were 1,014 cases of heat exhaustion last year, 723 sun strokes and 1,737 heat injuries.

This article was first published by the Saudi Gazette on March 17, 2016.

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