Health Ministry Warns Pilgrims of Scorching Temperatures at Holy Sites

Makkah, The Ministry of Health has issued a heat advisory for pilgrims undertaking Hajj this year. Officials warn of scorching surface temperatures, which pose a significant health risk. The ministry highlighted the intense heat in Makkah as a major challenge for Hajj 1445 AH. Prolonged sun exposure can be dangerous, so pilgrims are urged to take precautions. According to the ministry, pilgrims should carry an umbrella and seek shade whenever possible to avoid direct sunlight. It is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, even if they do not feel thirsty. Pilgrims are also advised to pay close attention to all health advisories and instructions provided by the ministry. To limit sun exposure, pilgrims should avoid going outside during peak heat hours, typically from 11 am to 3 pm. They should also stay cool by refraining from walking on or touching hot surfaces like rooftops during these peak hours. Source: Saudi Press Agency