What to do and not to under the sun

GEORGE TOWN: As the weather heats up with the approach of Chinese New Year, there’s nothing like a refreshing glass of coconut water to put electrolytes and minerals back into your system, and it looks like Penangites subscribe to this health tip.

The sale of fresh, green coconuts has doubled for seller P. Rangal, 59.

He said many customers had patronised his stall, which is located in Lorong Abu Siti, and the demand for coconuts has increased.

“I usually sell about 100 coconuts daily. Since this current hot spell, I am now selling close to 200 daily, ” he said.

Drinks seller Khaw Eng Tiam said business at his stall near Kek Lok Si Temple has been encouraging in the past few weeks.

He said many joggers and tourists drop by at his stall to quench their thirst and the majority want coconut water.

“Since I started selling drinks 20 years ago, I can see that most customers are only satisfied after they drink coconut water, ” he said.

One customer, businessman Ow Pong Kit, 50, said he drinks coconut water every week.

“I like it straight from the fruit. No ice, ” he said.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department’s long term weather forecast points out that Malaysia is currently in the second phase of the northeast monsoon which is expected to end in March.

Checks yesterday showed that Penang’s water supply is still holding strong.

Ayer Itam Dam was 64.1% full while Teluk Bahang Dam and Mengkuang Dam levels were at 41.3% and 74.9% capacity respectively.

State environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh advised people to stay hydrated and not to stay out in the sun for long hours.

“We should avoid outdoor activities but if we can’t, please use proper sunscreen and wear caps, ” he said.

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