Severe heatwave conditions to persist across Northwest India: IMD

The IMD’s latest bulletin warns residents to brace for extreme temperatures that are anticipated to exceed 45 degrees Celsius in several regions. This prolonged heat wave poses significant health risks, particularly to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert indicating that severe heat wave conditions are expected to persist across the plains of Northwest India, including parts of north Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat State, over the next five days.

The IMD’s latest bulletin warns residents to brace for extreme temperatures that are anticipated to exceed 45 degrees Celsius in several regions. This prolonged heat wave poses significant health risks, particularly to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

“Severe heat wave conditions are most likely to continue over the plains of Northwest India, with heatwave conditions persisting over north Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat State,” stated the IMD on social media platform X. The department has urged citizens to take necessary precautions, including staying hydrated, avoiding direct sunlight during peak hours, and utilizing cooling techniques to mitigate the effects of the intense heat.

The affected regions are experiencing temperatures substantially above normal for this time of year, exacerbating the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Health officials have recommended that individuals limit outdoor activities and seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms of heat-related stress.

Agricultural communities in these regions are also on high alert, as the severe heat wave could adversely impact crop yields and water resources. Authorities are advising farmers to implement measures to protect their livestock and crops from the scorching conditions.

The IMD continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary. In the meantime, local governments are mobilizing resources to assist affected populations and to ensure that adequate supplies of water and medical services are available.

This heat wave is part of a broader pattern of extreme weather events linked to climate change, underscoring the urgent need for adaptive measures and comprehensive climate policies to protect communities from such severe weather phenomena.

As the heat wave persists, residents are urged to stay informed through official channels and to follow guidelines issued by health and weather authorities to stay safe during this period of extreme temperatures.