Do’s and don’ts to tackle this heatwave

Check out the do’s and don’ts to beat the heatwave in summers:

Currently, parts of North India are sizzling under a heatwave. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that no relief is likely in the coming days. May 25 and 26 were the hottest days in this year, and The Met department has issued a “red” warning for Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, west, and east Rajasthan.

The weather department said that there will be no drop in temperature for the coming 4-5 days. The national capital on Sunday witnessed sweltering heat with temperature going up to 44.4 degrees Celsius. A dip in temperature is predicted over the weekend when rain is likely to occur in Delhi around May 28.

In some area temperatures raised to 46 degrees, amid heatwave conditions and the spell of dry weather dominating various parts of the country, here are some precautions that you should take in order to stay protected. And a list of what must be avoided:

Ways to minimize the impact:

  • Drink enough water throughout the day
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose cotton clothes
  • While stepping out in daylight use protective gear such as umbrella, shoes, hats, or sunglasses.

  • Always carry water while traveling
  • Drink up electrolytes like lassi, lemon water, buttermilk, and stay hydrated.
  • Recognize the signs of heat stroke, heat rash, or heat cramps like weakness, headache, nausea, sweating. Visit a doctor in case you feel faintish or dizzy.
  • Use curtains, shutters to keep your home cool. Open windows at night.
  • Take bath regularly

  • Load onto water fruits like watermelon and muskmelon

  • Apply sunscreen before going out of the house
  • Maintain proper hygiene; take showers twice a day.

Things that you should avoid:

  • Avoid going out in the sun especially between 12 noon to 4 PM
  • Don’t wear dark-colored or tight clothes
  • Avoid cooking during peak hours
  • Open doors to ventilate the cooking area properly.

  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, and carbonated soft drinks that dehydrate the body.
  • Avoid intense physical activity
  • Avoid having junk food and fizzy drinks.
  • Don’t wear synthetic clothes

As the heat-wave hits India amid the ongoing pandemic, an interesting portal run by NASA shows just how bad it is with satellite images:

Check out the images:

There are predictions that a thunderstorm will ease the heatwaves, till then there will be rise in temperature.