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Another round of severe heat wave to scorch north, western India
May 26, 2016

New Delhi: After decades' worst scorching heat wave, storm and rain cooled Delhi and other north Indian regions early this week but the weatherman has predicted that northern and western parts of the country are likely to face another round of severe heat spell in the coming days. (SEE: Treat heat stroke on priority: Delhi Govt)

The Met has warned that temperature in States such as New Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh will cross 45 deg C.

"The (northern) region which has been receiving thundershowers for the past couple of days, will not receive any rainfall for the next three to four days be it Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh. Instead, temperature will rise around these regions," Director of Meteorological Department, BP Yadav, told newsmen. Telangana would also see a rise in temperature in the coming days.

Temperature fell by more than 10 degrees in northern India after dust storms followed by rains on Monday.

Some parts of the national capital received brief spell of rain bringing the temperature down to 30 deg C on Wednesday.

This year's summer has been harsher with severe shortages of water and power across most parts of the country.

Last week, the Met had issued the Red level weather alert over Delhi and other places, calling upon people to take precautions by staying out of the danger zones or stay indoors with adequate heat-proof arrangements. Severe heat and prolonged exposure coupled with physical exertion can lead to stroke and heart and other vital organ failures.

A simple heat index (HI) that reads the vulnerability combines air temperature and relative humidity and determines the human-perceived equivalent temperature or how hot it feels to the person. If the temperature is a tolerable 40 deg C with a humidity of, assuming, 65%, the heat index or the cumulative heat can be about 61 deg C at which you won't exist. (see index above)

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