RIO DE JANEIRO – The hottest temperatures in five decades were melting Carnival revelry Tuesday after five days of dancing, drinking and smooching.
“I never thought I would say this, but it is too hot to party,” said 20-year-old Thiago Cerveny, standing on a corner with his girlfriend in Ipanema and debating whether to hit a big street party on the last full day of festivities.
Rio’s summer has seen record highs of up to 110 degrees. Couple that with the seaside city’s suffocating humidity and the chances that partiers will fall ill increases.
It was 106 degrees Tuesday.
Dr. Luis Fernando Correa took to the Globo television network to warn those still partying to “drink a lot – but nothing alcoholic.”
Taking the booze out of what Brazilians call the world’s biggest bash is certainly a challenge. Health officials say more than 1,400 revelers have been treated since Saturday, the majority for heat-related illness.
“During Carnival people go out in the street, they party, they forget to hydrate and even take medications they may need,” Correa said. “People, drink water!”