Rajasthan grapples with scorching heat


India Meteorological Department (IMD) took to its official X handle and posted, “Heatwave is likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and West Rajasthan on May 31, 2024.”….reports Asian Lite News

The scorching heat continues in Rajasthan, with temperatures ranging between 45 and 49 degrees Celsius in most districts. Amidst the heat, people are coming out only when necessary, trying to protect themselves from the heat.

The biggest problem is faced by employees engaged in delivery work. They are forced to go out in the scorching heat. People venturing out in the afternoon can be seen covering their bodies to protect themselves from the sun.

Pokhar Lal, who works as a delivery boy said, “I am facing a lot of trouble. The temperatures have reached 48 degrees Celsius and I try to find shade when I am working outside. I continuously drink water to protect myself from the heat.”

Mohammad Ashraf, an e-rickshaw driver also asserted that temperature in Rajasthan is reaching 48 degrees Celsius and said, “It is difficult to leave home but still, for work, we have to.”

Another commuter, Ashok asserted that the government should take measures to provide relief from the scorching heat. He said, “The condition of people in Jaipur is very bad. The government should do something. They should sprinkle water on the road… Even in these adverse weather conditions, we have to go outside for work. The students have to go outside for their studies.”

Another commuter, Ram Singh Shekhawat, said that the students can fall sick amidst the weather and coaching institutes should declare holidays for some time. He said, “The way holidays have been declared for schools, the same way holidays should be declared for coaching institutes for some time or their timings should be changed. The students have to go outside in such bad weather and there are risks that they might fall sick.”

As per the Met Centre Jaipur, in the last 24 hours, Phalodi recorded 49.8 degrees Celsius, Barmer 49 degrees Celcius, Jaisalmer 48.5 degrees Celsius, Churu 47.6 degrees Celsius, Pilani 47.4 degrees Celsius, and Jaipur 45.6 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) took to its official X handle and posted, “Heatwave is likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and West Rajasthan on May 31, 2024.”

In another post, IMD said, “Heatwave is likely at some places over West Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh, while at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, East Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on May 30, 2024.” (ANI)

Heatwave conditions to prevail in Himachal

India Metrological Department has said that heatwave conditions will continue during the next 48 hours in the hill state.

“After 2014 Shimla recorded the highest temperature at 30.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday. In May 2010, it was 32.4 degrees. The heat wave conditions prevailed in most places of the state. Three districts of Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Mandi recorded temperatures 6 degrees above the normal, the heatwave conditions will continue in the state during the next 48 hours,” Surender Paul, Head of IMD, Himachal Pradesh, said.

According to the IMD scientist, Shimla recorded its highest temperature of 30.6 degrees in the last ten years.

“On 29th and 30th a western disturbance is approaching and that will help to provide relief from the heat wave, the temperatures will drop and the chances of rain and thunderstorms will increase. The temperature in Una was recorded at 44.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the highest of the season,” he said.

The IMD has issued an orange alert in most districts of the State.

“We have issued an orange alert in most of the districts of the state. The heatwave will continue in districts of Una, Hamirpur, Bilaspur Mandi, Solan and Sirmaur and chance of severe heat in some districts. We are in coordination with the state goverment, updating on heatwave conditions and in touch with the disaster management Authority. There are chances of increasing forest fire and also the damage to crops. This will be reduced after 48 hours,” Paul further added.

As per the IMD, the mercury reached to 42.2 degrees in Bilaspur. While Hamipur recorded a maximum temperature of 41. 8 degrees against 42. 1 degrees on Sunday.

In Kangra, the maximum temperature was recorded at 39. 2 degrees against 40.2 degrees on Sunday. While Dharamshala witnessed a maximum temperature of 35. 7 degrees on Monday against 35. 3 degrees a day ago. (ANI)

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