Mercury crosses 42°C in 7 places of Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: As the mercury continued to rise across Gujarat, the breached the 42 degrees celsius mark in at least seven towns and cities, making it unbearable for residents to venture out during the day.
According to (IMD), Amreli and Rajkot towns in Saurashtra region were the hottest places in Gujarat where maximum temperature soared to 43°C mark on Sunday. Another town of Saurashtra, Surendranagar, and the state capital Gandhinagar, followed Amreli and Rajkot as the two cities recorded 42.7° maximum temperature.

On Sunday, Ahmedabad city too sizzled under severe heat and the maximum temperature rose to 42.4°C — 1.1 degrees above normal. However, the night temperature remained almost normal at 26.3 degrees. Relative humidity ranged between 63% and 20% on Sunday due to which sweltering heat was experienced in the city. The extreme heat conditions were unbearable during the afternoon. Shopowners kept their shops closed in the afternoon and people preferred to remain indoors till late evening.

IMD said in its forecast that the maximum temperature of the city will remain around 43°C on Monday. However, there will be no change in maximum temperature in most of the towns of the state on Monday for next two days.

Doctors have advised people, especially elderly persons, kids and pregnant women to avoid direct exposure of sun in order to prevent sunstroke. Unbearable body pain, especially in forelimbs, unquenchable thirst, suffocation, dizziness, breathlessness and palpitations are among the common symptoms of heatstroke.

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