Inmet issues health risk alert

The National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) issued a health risk alert due to the sudden drop in temperature in some regions of the country. In all, 11 states and the Federal District are in the danger zone. The notice began at 10:55 am today (18) and continues until 11 pm on Friday (20).

According to the alert, temperatures should remain 5ºC below average for a period of 3 to 5 days.

Inmet recommends that, in case of need, people contact the Civil Defense, by phone 199.


The polar air mass, coming from the south of Brazil, arrived today in the Federal District, which registered a minimum of 8.7°C, during the dawn. Temperatures are expected to drop further in the coming days, reaching 5ºC tomorrow, according to Inmet’s forecast.

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Civil defense

In a statement, the Civil Defense of the Federal District cites the health hazard alert and gives guidance to the population regarding the cold:

  • Pay special attention to children, the elderly and sick people;
  • Keep warm. Also protect the extremities of the body, use caps and gloves;
  • Avoid keeping the environments too closed. Keep your home and workplace clean and well-ventilated. Prevent yourself against respiratory diseases.
  • Try to wrap up your pet. Consider wearing protective clothing. Shelter from the wind. Adequately lining the sleeping area;
  • Be supportive. Donate coats and blankets to those in need. Load, if possible, this material in the car;
  • If you need to be outdoors, protect yourself from the wind.

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