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North India Braces For Intense Heatwave As Mercury Breaches 49° Mark In Delhi; Highlights

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New Delhi: North India has been gripped with intense heatwave with temperature breaching 49 degrees Celsius on Sunday in parts of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

While, IMD has warned of heavy rainfall across Kerala and sounded a red alert for five districts.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Delhi, the Safdarjung observatory recorded 45.6 degrees Celsius while two weather stations at Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi and Najafgarh in southwest Delhi reported 49.2 and 49.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.
  • The temperature at Safdarjung was the highest this season.
  • Banda district in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region recorded the maximum day temperature of 49 degrees Celsius, the highest in the state.
  • As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, this was the highest-ever temperature recorded in Banda in May. The previous maximum temperature in the district was 48.8 deg Celsius on May 31, 1994.
  • Churu and Pilani in Rajasthan reported maximum temperatures of 47.9 and 47.7 degrees Celsius, respectively, followed by Sri Ganganagar and Jhansi (47.6), Narnaul (47.5), Khajuraho and Nowgong (47.4) and Hissar (47.2), the IMD said.
  • The weather office said the maximum temperature was markedly above normal (5.1 degrees or more) at several places in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Bihar.
  • The IMD said the maximum temperatures were appreciably above normal (3.1deg C to 5.0 deg C) at many places in West Uttar Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh.

HERE ARE SOME DOs AND DON’Ts

DOs

– Stay hydrated with salty liquids

– Stay in shade and use umbrella, cap or wet towel when outdoors.

– Consume hydrating fruits like watermelon, cucumber, lemon and orange.

– Wear breathable and light coloured clothes.

– Use shades and cross ventilation when in indoors.

– Keep a damp/wet towel always handy.

– Take frequent cold showers

– Keep children and pets in shade and hydrated.

DON’Ts

– Consume alcohol, tea, coffee and soda.

– Do strenuous activities

– Go out in peak heat hours

– Wear dark coloured, synthetic and tight clothes.

– Leave children and pets in parked vehicles

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