IMD Issues Red Alert for Heatwave- Warns People to Do Not Make 5 Mistakes Between 12-3 PM

IMD lists five mistakes you need to avoid in this heat

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Summer is in full swing in India. In many cities in North India, temperatures have soared past 50°C. The Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for heat waves. Clear instructions have been given to avoid going outside between 12 PM and 3 PM. During summer, there is a risk of heat stroke and dehydration. Heat waves are considered life-threatening.

Heat Wave Harms: According to the IMD, being affected by a heat wave can have various adverse effects on the body. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, swelling, and fainting. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and sweating. The body temperature can rise to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher. Heat stroke can be life-threatening, so immediate treatment is essential.

   
IMD Issues Red Alert for Heatwave- Warns People to Do Not Make 5 Mistakes Between 12-3 PM

Heatwave Precautions

Avoid going outside in the scorching sun, especially between 12 PM and 3 PM. Additionally, follow the measures mentioned below:

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

Dehydration is a major risk during heat waves. Drink water regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages that can dehydrate you, like alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Electrolyte solutions can also help maintain the body’s salt and mineral balance.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing

Choose clothes made of breathable fabrics like cotton to help your body stay cool. Light-colored clothes reflect, rather than absorb, sunlight, reducing the amount of heat your body retains. Loose-fitting garments allow air circulation, further aiding in cooling.

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Use sunscreen and wear a hat or carry an umbrella when stepping out

Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of sunburn and skin damage. A hat or umbrella provides additional shade, helping to keep your head cool and protect your face from direct sunlight.

Stay in shaded or air-conditioned areas as much as possible

During peak heat hours, seek shelter in cool environments. Air-conditioned spaces provide relief from the heat, while shaded areas can significantly reduce exposure to direct sunlight, minimizing the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day

    Physical exertion increases your body temperature, making it harder to stay cool. Plan your activities for the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

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