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
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)