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Heatwave 2024 | No respite from scorching heat in Rajasthan ; 12 dead

Met Department said maximum daytime temperatures in several districts of these states may breach the 47°C-mark

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 24th 2024 02:08 PM
Heatwave 2024 | No respite from scorching heat in Rajasthan ; 12 dead

Heatwave 2024 | No respite from scorching heat in Rajasthan ; 12 dead

Heatwave 2024 |  A severe heatwave is currently sweeping across various regions of the nation, with temperatures reaching record highs where temperatures are soaring to around 45 degrees Celsius. 

This intense heat is attributed to dry westerly and northwesterly winds combined with clear skies, which are allowing direct sunlight to significantly increase temperatures


Recently, at least 12 people in Rajasthan have died this week week from suspected heat stroke. The deaths in Rajasthan are believed to be due to heat stroke-like symptoms, though officials have not yet confirmed the exact cause.

Four deaths occurred in Jalore, while two daily wage workers died in Barmer, where temperatures reached 48.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the highest recorded in the country so far this year. Severe heatwaves also claimed lives in Alwar, Bhilwara, Balotra, and Jaisalmer.

Official data showed that maximum temperatures also reached 45 degrees Celsius in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.

Red Alert in North India 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted heatwave to severe heatwave conditions to prevail over parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, and West Uttar Pradesh as it issued a 'red alert' for the states over the next five days.

The Met Department said maximum daytime temperatures in several districts of these states may breach the 47°C-mark.

In response to the unrelenting heatwave, IMD has advised staying hydrated by drinking sufficient water, even if not thirsty, and consuming ORS and homemade drinks like lassi, Torani (rice water), lemon water, and buttermilk. They also recommend avoiding heat exposure, covering the head with a hat or umbrella, and wearing light-coloured, loose, and cotton clothes to stay safe


- With inputs from agencies

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