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Heatwave warning issued for 8 states: Tips to stay safe

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Indian Meteorological Department

(IMD) has issued a

heatwave warning

in 8 states in the country as the

temperature crosses 45 degrees

. These areas include Saurashtra & Kutch and the Gujarat Region, Vidarbha, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, interior Karnataka, West Rajasthan, East Rajasthan, and West Madhya Pradesh.
"Heat wave conditions in isolated pockets over Saurashtra & Kutch and Gujarat Region during next 5 days, over Vidarbha, Rayalaseema, Telangana on 06th; over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and Interior Karnataka on 06th & 07th; over West Rajasthan during 07th –10th; over East Rajasthan and West Madhya Pradesh during 08th – 10th May, 2024," IMD has issued in its warning.


Hot and humid weather

is very likely to prevail in isolated pockets over Kerala & Mahe and Coastal Karnataka during next 3 days," it added.
A heatwave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, typically characterized by high temperatures that persist for several days or weeks. Heatwaves often occur during the summer months and are accompanied by intense sunlight, minimal cloud cover, and little to no precipitation. These extreme weather events can pose significant health risks, especially to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, young children, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Heatwaves can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, as well as exacerbate existing health issues.

Signs you need to pay attention to

Heatstroke, a severe form of

heat-related illness

, manifests with symptoms such as high body temperature (typically above 103°F or 40°C), hot and dry skin (lack of sweating), rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. Heatstroke occurs when the body's temperature regulation mechanisms fail, leading to overheating and potential organ damage. If left untreated, heatstroke can be life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention. It is crucial to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke and take prompt action to cool the body, such as moving to a shaded area, applying cool water or ice packs, and seeking emergency medical assistance.

How to stay safe?

During a heatwave, it's essential to stay safe by following these guidelines: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, seek shade or air-conditioned spaces when possible, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, and use sunscreen to protect against sunburn. Check on vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, young children, and those with chronic health conditions. Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. Be aware of the signs of heat-related illness and seek medical help if necessary. By taking these precautions, you can reduce the risk of heat-related health problems and stay safe during a heatwave.

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