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Heat Wave Hits Puneites, IMD Sounds Caution

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Heat waves, IMD

By our correspondent
Geetika Gupta

Pune: It's just the end of March and we all are going through a crisp feel of May in the summer season at its peak. 

With the temperature touching 41 degree in the nearby areas of Pune, and 39 degrees in Pune. 

The blistering heat wave has swept across the city and the state, causing absolute discomfort and health problems to the people. 

Soaring temperatures above the normal range for the past few days, and the heat index has been reaching dangerous levels, is definitely showing the negative effects of global warming.

Heat from the scorching sun and hot air winds have made it difficult for people to step out of their homes, and those who do move out have to take absolute precautions to avoid heatstroke and dehydration. The existing situation is challenging for the senior citizens, children, and those with adverse health conditions.

The heatwave has also led to a surge in the demand for electricity, as people are using air conditioners and other cooling appliances to beat the heat. This has resulted in frequent power outages and load shedding, adding to the woes of the people.

The experts have advised people to use protection during the hottest part of the day, to stay hydrated, and to avoid too much exposure to the sun. The social workers have set up temporary shelters and drinking water stations in public places to provide relief to the people.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that the heatwave is likely to continue for the next two months, and has urged people to take necessary precautions to avoid any adverse impact on their health. 

IMD officials said that a transition from El Niño to ENSO-neutral is expected by April-June 2024 and thereafter, La Niña is favored in June-August,2024.

Talking about the impact of Heat Wave during April to June & April 2024, IMD officials have said during heatwaves elevated temperatures pose significant risks, especially for vulnerable populations like the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions, who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. He said prolonged periods of extreme heat can lead to dehydration, and strain infrastructure such as power grids and transportation systems. He added in order to address these challenges, it is imperative for authorities to take proactive measures like providing access to cooling centers, issuing heat advisories, and implementing strategies to alleviate urban heat island effects in affected areas. Efforts are also needed for safeguarding public health and minimizing the adverse impacts of heatwaves.

Looking at the situation, it is essential for the people to stay hydrated, protected from soaring temperatures, stay safe, and take care of themselves and their loved ones.

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