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Heat wave: IMD issues red alert across North India for next 5 days

Updated on: 22 May,2024 12:07 PM IST  |  New Delhi
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The Met Department said maximum daytime temperatures in several districts of these states may breach the 47degC-mark

Heat wave: IMD issues red alert across North India for next 5 days

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Heat wave: IMD issues red alert across North India for next 5 days

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a 'red alert' for the states over the next five days, predicting heatwave to severe heatwave conditions to prevail over parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, and West Uttar Pradesh, providing little respite to those suffering under a harsh and searing summer wave across vast swathes of the country's northern belt. According to the Met Department, maximum daytime temperatures in a number of these states' districts might rise beyond 47 degrees Celsius.

Speaking to ANI on Tuesday, senior IMD scientist Naresh Kumar said, "Temperatures are currently above normal across North West India and we had issued a red alert for the region over the past 2-3 days. Concerning a state-wise forecast, we have issued a red alert in Rajasthan for the next five days. The maximum temperature is likely to inch further up from 45degC and settle at 47degC."

"In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures have registered a marginal drop due to a prevailing western disturbance but they will increase gradually hereafter by 2 to 3 degrees. we have already issued a 'red alert' for these two states. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, we have issued a red alert for the next five days and an orange alert for northern parts of Madhya Pradesh," Kumar told ANI.

However, while the North bakes under an unrelenting summer sun, a measure of respite is likely down South, as the senior IMD scientist added that heavy to very heavy rains, up to 12 cm, are likely in Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the next 2-3 days. With the IMD coming out with a 'red alert' for the national capital and other parts of North India, health experts warned people against stepping outdoors, especially between 11 am and 4 pm, as it could lead to a downturn in their health.

According to Dr. Neeraj Nishchal, a professor at the AIIMS, Delhi Department of Medicine, the health problems brought on by rising temperatures can include heat exhaustion, dehydration, rashes, and heat strokes. Additionally, heat wave circumstances can cause physiological strain, which frequently results in death.

To minimise the impact of the heat wave and prevent serious ailments, doctors have advised people against going outdoors to the extent possible, and, if necessary, under adequate protection; especially between noon and 3 pm; take sufficient fluids as often as possible, even if one is not thirsty; and wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes.

(With Inputs from ANI)


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