How to beat the heat?

The central government on Saturday, April 30, 2022 had also issued a health advisory on how to handle the massive heat wave.  
Pune: The city of Pune which has been recording 40 degrees Celsius for the last few days, saw a dip in temperature on Monday. The maximum temperature of Monday was 37.9 degrees Celsius.    
The central government on Saturday had also issued a health advisory on how to handle the massive heat wave.  
Here is the list of dos and don’ts as suggested by the government.  

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1. Stay indoors drinking sufficient water
2. Stay hydrated. Use oral rehydration solution(ORS)
3. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables which have high water content
4. Wear thin, loose, light-coloured cotton garments.
5. Use traditional headgears to prevent direct exposure to sunlight .
6. Limit outdoor activities to cooler times of the day like morning and evening. 

The government also enlisted people who are at a greater risk of suffering from heat stress or heat-related illness including infants, young children, pregnant women, people with mental illness, and people working outdoors, among others.


The government advised against getting out in the sun, especially between 12:00 noon and 03:00 pm. Avoiding strenuous open air activities in the afternoons, going out on barefoot, cooking during peak summer hours are some of the other instructions issued.

Heat rash, heat oedema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles, heat cramps (muscle cramps), heart syncope (fainting), heat stroke are a few of the heat-related illnesses, according to the government’s advisory.

Many parts of the country in the Northwest and Central India have been reeling under intense heat waves for the past few weeks with temperatures soaring high with average maximum temperatures reaching between 35.9 and 37.78 degrees. Both the regions of the country experienced the hottest April in 122 years.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the heatwave conditions are likely to abate over Delhi and adjoining parts of northwest India from Monday. The national weather forecasting agency on Sunday had said that the heatwave conditions in isolated parts over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, South Uttar Pradesh, Kutch and East Rajasthan are very likely to abate after May 1.

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