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Heatwave in India: Do’s and Don'ts to battle scorching summers

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- April 04th 2024 04:50 PM
Heatwave in India: Do’s and Don'ts to battle scorching summers

Heatwave in India: Do’s and Don'ts to battle scorching summers

Heatwave in India: India is set to witness a hotter-than-usual summer this year, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting that temperatures may be above normal and worst heatwave conditions are expected from April to June.

As per the weather update by IMD, the Central and western peninsular parts of the country are likely to bear the brunt of these conditions, coinciding with the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections scheduled from April 19.


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Ahead of heatwave 2024, follow these steps, tips and rules to prevent serious ailment or death because of heat stroke. 

Also Read: Maximum temperatures from April to June likely to surpass normal levels: IMD

Heatwave 2024 Do’s 

  • Avoid going out in the sun, especially between 12.00 noon and 3.00 p.m.
  • Drink sufficient water as often as possible, even if not thirsty
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes.
  • Use protective goggles, an umbrella/hat, shoes or chappals while going out in sun.
  • Block direct sunlight
  • Use ORS, homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk, etc. which help to rehydrate the body
  • Keep your home cool, use curtains, shutters or sunshades and open windows at night.
  • Use fans, damp clothing and take bath in cold water frequently.

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Heatwave 2024 Don'ts

  • Avoid strenuous activities when the outside temperature is high
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks, which dehydrate the body.
  • Avoid high-protein food and do not eat stale food.
  • Do not leave children or pets in parked vehicles.
  • If you feel faint or ill, see a doctor immediately.

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Heatwave : Health Impacts 

The health impacts of heatwaves typically involve dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke. The signs and symptoms are as follows:

Heat Cramps: Ederna (swelling) and Syncope (Fainting) are generally accompanied by fever below 39 degrees Celcius.

Also Read: Heatwave in India: These states to witness extreme heatwave in 2024, check list

Heat Exhaustion: Fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and sweating.

Heat Stoke: Body temperatures of 40 degrees Celcius or more along with delirium, seizures or coma. This is a potentially fatal condition.

(With inputs from agencies)

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