Ahmedabad on Friday recorded its hottest day of April in around a decade with a maximum temperature of 44 Degrees Celcius, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated.
This raises concerns as the highest temperature of April is generally recorded in the mid or towards the end of the month. The hottest day of the month of April was last recorded in the year 2012. With 43.7 Degrees Celsius of maximum temperature recorded in the year 2019, remains the highest decadal temperature to date.
Moreover, the weather forecasting department has issued an orange alert in over 10 districts of Gujarat, with eight districts on Friday and two districts on Saturday. The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar as the maximum temperature is expected to soar to around 43 Degrees Celsius. However, the forecast further stated that the maximum temperature is expected to fall by two to three Degrees Celsius in the state during the next three days followed by the coming 48 hours.
The hottest region in the state was reported to be Kandla, with 45.2 Degrees Celsius and Surendranagar at the second spot with 44.5 Degrees Celsius. Moreover, Ahmedabad recorded a maximum temperature of 44 Degrees Celsius, followed by Gandhinagar and Deesa with 43.8 Degrees Celsius, Rajkot at 43.7 Degrees Celsius and Vadodara, Keshod recorded a maximum of 43.2 Degrees Celsius temperature.
To avoid the heatstroke amid the prevailing heatwave condition, intake of fluids must be increased, exposure to the direct heat during afternoon hours must be avoided and wearing light clothes that cover the body entirely must be preferred.