Heatwave to severe heatwave conditions very likely in many parts of Northwestern India including Jammu & Madhya Pradesh: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning indicating that heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are expected in various regions across northern and western India. The affected areas include:-


– **Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi**

– **West Rajasthan**

– **Few parts of Uttar Pradesh**

– **East Rajasthan**

Additionally, heatwave conditions are likely in isolated pockets of:-

**Jammu division**

– **Madhya Pradesh**

### Understanding Heatwave Conditions

**Heatwave** is defined by the IMD based on temperature deviations from normal:- For plains, a heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature exceeds 40°C and is 4.5°C to 6.4°C above normal.- A severe heatwave is declared when the temperature exceeds the normal by more than 6.4°C.- For hilly regions, the criteria are slightly lower, with a heatwave declared at temperatures exceeding 30°C.

### Impacts of Heatwaves

Heatwaves can have several adverse effects on health, agriculture, water supply, and electricity consumption. It’s crucial for people in the affected areas to take precautions such as:-

**Staying hydrated**: Drink plenty of water.

– **Avoiding direct sunlight**: Stay indoors during peak heat hours.

– **Wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing**: Helps keep the body cool.

– **Using cooling appliances**: Fans, coolers, and air conditioners can help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

– **Checking on vulnerable populations**: Ensure children, the elderly, and those with health conditions are kept safe and cool.

### Precautionary Measures-

**Listen to official advice**: Follow updates from the IMD and local authorities.

– **Reduce physical activities**: Limit strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day.

– **Seek medical attention**:

If you or someone else shows signs of heatstroke, such as high body temperature, confusion, or fainting, seek medical help immediately.These measures are vital for mitigating the effects of the heatwave and ensuring public safety during these extreme weather conditions.