Doctors warn of dehydration as weather bureau says hot and dry winds will sweep city in the next few days
Get ready to feel the heat. The weather bureau has predicted that the mercury will reach within striking distance of 40 degree Celsius in the next couple of days. On Saturday the maximum temperature recorded was 35.5 degree Celsius in Colaba.
Soaring temperatures force these youngsters to have ice-creams and cool drinks. File Pic
On March 17 this year, the city recorded the highest temperature of this season at 38 degree Celsius. Speaking to sunday mid-day P Ajaykumar, director of the regional weather forecasting centre at Indian Metrological Department said, “The temperature has definitely increased sharply over the last few days but this is common at this time of the year. By next week we could be seeing even higher temperatures.”
Explaining that the interiors of Maharashtra could see temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius, he added: “Hot and dry winds hitting the city is one of the reasons why residents are feeling the heat.”
Sandeep Bangia, an environmentalist and member of Navi Mumbai Environment Protection Society said, “The ill-effects of global warming and depletion of green cover is hitting home already. I am bracing myself for extreme temperatures by drinking lots of water and indulging in a lot of water-based fruits such as watermelon. Swimming will be an activity I definitely plan to indulge in.”
Doctors are advising people to stay hydrated. Dr Sandeep Sonawane, a physician at Sai Snehdeep Hospital in Kopar Khairane said, “To avoid dehydration one should drink at least three litres of water per day. The best way to beat dehydration is to drink before you get thirsty.”