The day temperature in Madhya Pradesh has crossed 30 degrees Celsius, but it is still not enough to kill the H1N1 virus, according to medical experts.
People rightly believe that a rise in temperature kills the virus which is thermo-sensitive. However, it actually begins to dissipate only when the temperature crosses 32-34 degrees Celsius and gets killed when the temperature reaches 35 degrees Celsius, virologist Padmakar Tripathi said.
On Saturday, the day temperature for the first time surged above 30 degrees Celsius in many parts of the state, including Bhopal and Indore, Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) director Anupam Kashyapi said. Bhopal recorded a maximum temperature of 31.2 degrees Celsius and Indore 30.2 degrees.
He said the alert on swine flu should remain high as the temperature rise might not be too sharp or constant. Kashyapi said that the day temperature would continue to show a rising trend for the next two-three days, but around February 18-19, it is likely to show some dip, especially in the northwest parts of the state due to the impact of a western disturbance that is likely to pass at that time. “The weather would clear out again by February 21 and then on constant rise in temperature is expected,” he said.