Delhi, North-West India, which is facing severe heat, may get some relief for a few days from Monday. The Meteorological Department has predicted rain and dust storm in these areas.
The Meteorological Department has forecast that in the next 24 hours it will be partly cloudy with wind speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. Due to this the maximum temperature will decrease. RK Jenamani, senior scientist of the department said that the Western Disturbance is moving towards Delhi. We have issued a warning of rain and thundershowers in entire North-West India including Delhi, West UP, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana.
Till May 5, these areas will remain cloudy or dusty winds will blow. However, after May 7, there may be severe heat again. There was respite from cloudy sky and cold winds in Delhi on Sunday morning. After 12 o’clock in the afternoon, the sun’s temper started getting tougher. The maximum temperature was 40.5 degrees Celsius above normal and the minimum temperature was one above normal at 25.8 degrees Celsius.
Alert to states on heat wave
In view of the rising temperature and heat wave across the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Sunday issued an advisory to the Chief Secretaries of the states and asked them to make effective arrangements. He has said that along with the states, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) along with the Meteorological Department (IMD) issue warnings about the heat daily.
He asked the states to disseminate the guidelines on the National Action Plan on Heat Related Diseases at the district level. He said that the states should inform all their health workers about the early detection and management of heat diseases. He said that drinking water should be available in sufficient quantity at all health centres. Also the cooling equipment in critical areas should function properly.
The Health Secretary said that IV fluids, ice packs, ORS and all necessary equipment should always be available at the health facilities. He asked for uninterrupted power supply in health centers to avoid scorching heat so that the cooling equipments keep working to reduce the internal heat.
- Do not leave the house if there is no urgent work in strong sunlight, especially between 12 noon and 3 o’clock. Do not do strenuous activities when you are out in the afternoon.
- Avoid drinking tea, alcohol, coffee or beverages that are high in sugar. Avoid consumption of high protein and fatty food.
- Do not leave children or pets alone in a parked vehicle. Always carry a water bottle with you when you leave the house.
- Wear a light cloth on the body, cover the head with a cloth.