Heat Wave Sweeps Across India: Meteorological Department Issues Warning

Written by: Andrea X, II M.A. English Lit. Loyola College

In a recent press release by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it has been reported that a scorching heat wave has engulfed several parts of India, prompting the authorities to issue warnings and urge caution among the populace. The extreme temperatures, reaching as high as 45.7°C, have been experienced in regions across Northwest, Central, and adjoining East India, as well as the northern Peninsular area.

Yesterday, the mercury soared to unprecedented levels, with maximum temperatures ranging between 40-44°C in most affected areas. Jhansi in West Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest maximum temperature of 45.7°C. The IMD highlighted that no region reported temperatures that were markedly above normal, which is classified as a deviation of 5.1°C or more. However, there were isolated places in Gujarat State, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal that experienced appreciably above normal temperatures, with a deviation of 3.1°C to 5.0°C. Additionally, many areas in West Madhya Pradesh, West Uttar Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, and Vidarbha witnessed temperatures above normal, with a deviation of 1.6°C to 3.0°C. Several other regions across the country also recorded above-normal temperatures.

Looking ahead, the IMD has provided forecasts for maximum temperatures and heat wave warnings in various regions:

  1. West India: Maharashtra is expected to experience no significant change in maximum temperatures over the next two days, but a rise of 2-3°C is anticipated in the following three days.
  2. Rest of the country: No significant change in maximum temperatures is predicted for the remaining parts of the country.

Furthermore, the IMD has issued heat wave warnings for specific areas, cautioning the public to take necessary precautions:

  1. Odisha: Heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail in isolated pockets from May 15th to 17th.
  2. Coastal Andhra Pradesh: Heat wave conditions are expected on May 15th and 16th.

Authorities are advising individuals residing in the affected regions to stay indoors, particularly during the peak hours of intense heat, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Special attention is being given to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions, as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Local administrations and healthcare facilities have been urged to remain vigilant and be prepared to handle any heat-related emergencies that may arise during this period. The IMD will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide regular updates to the public.

In light of the ongoing heat wave, it is crucial for everyone to prioritize their well-being and take necessary precautions to stay safe amidst the sweltering conditions. Source link: https://internal.imd.gov.in/pages/heatwave_mausam.php

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