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Get Ready for the Heatwave! Six States on Alert

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heatwave cautioning for six states including Delhi,Chandigarh,Himachal Pradesh,J&K,Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The IMD warns that the coming days will be warmer than usual and advises people to protect themselves from the potentially dangerous temperatures. This statement comes after the end of this year’s monsoon season and shortly before the start of summer in many parts of India. As the mercury rises, it’s important to stay prepared by following these tips on how to keep cool during a heatwave!

Affected areas

Parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi NCR will see a strong heatwave condition. For example: Delhi will experience day temperatures around 43-45 degrees Celsius whereas night temperatures could remain around 35-37 degrees Celsius. The heat wave is likely to be accompanied by dry weather conditions and light winds. If you’re planning to spend time outdoors in these areas, carry water and keep an eye out for signs of fatigue or sunstroke (redness in eyes, dizziness). Cooling off indoors with air conditioning can help too.

Why is it such a severe heat wave?

This heat wave could be one of most severe in recent years. The Delhi-NCR region is not new to heat waves, but what makes it so dangerous is that both day and night temperatures are likely to cross 44 degrees Celsius . A high percentage of humidity, however, will make it feel even hotter. As a precautionary measure, schools have been closed in Delhi till Wednesday. Other northern states—Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir—are expected to issue similar advisories soon. Humidity levels are already close to 80 per cent, said B P Yadav, director-general (weather forecasting), IMD.

What does the severe warning mean?

The IMD defines a severe heat wave as a prolonged period of very hot weather with temperatures exceeding 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over several days and nights, leading to death toll in excess of 100 people, disruption of power and water supply, or damage to crops or livestock. The IMD has issued such a warning when it expects temperatures to rise above 47C for two continuous days. On Thursday, however, it extended that timeframe—so long as temperatures are above 45C day and night—to include Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The warning extends to six states: Delhi; Himachal Pradesh; Jammu & Kashmir; Uttar Pradesh; Rajasthan; and Chandigarh in Haryana.

What should we do as citizens?

IMD issues heatwave cautioning for six states including Delhi. In this situation, citizens must take precautions like wearing light clothes and avoid exposure to sun from 10 am to 4 pm. This will help in avoiding dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and hypothermia. Also, always carry water bottle with you during summer so that you can rehydrate yourself when you feel thirsty. Follow more updates hostspotnews.com

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