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Gurgaon smoulders at 47°C on season’s hottest day

The weathermen have forecast hotter days next week

gurgaon Updated: Jun 05, 2017 23:37 IST
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Activists distribute drinking water to passengers at Gurgaon Railway station as the temperature soared to 47°C in Gurgaon on Sunday.
Activists distribute drinking water to passengers at Gurgaon Railway station as the temperature soared to 47°C in Gurgaon on Sunday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The city experienced the hottest day of the season on Sunday, with maximum temperature recorded at 47°C and the minimum temperature at 31°C. Last year, the mercury had shot up to 47°C on May 18.

While the mercury climbed to disconcerting levels on the hottest day this summer, a heat wave made the residents stay indoors. Both the maximum and minimum temperatures were five degrees above normal. There’s no respite in the offing for residents as the heat wave condition is likely to intensify on Monday, warned the Met department.

“The region is experiencing extreme dry weather condition with heat wave at many places,” an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The weathermen said that the mercury, which touched 47°C on Sunday, could inch further up next week.

The residents have been advised to remain indoors as much as possible to avoid exposure to the extreme weather. According to officials of the IMD, “The city might get light rainfall next week and the temperature is expected to dip by two to three degrees. Light shower and thunderstorm is expected as well.”

The maximum temperature on Saturday was 44.6°C and minimum was 29.3°C. However, the weathermen said this year, the city experienced heat wave much earlier than expected.

Doctors in the city have also warned residents not to stay in the sun as they might risk sun stroke. “We are getting patients complaining of dehydration every day. The number of such patients have increased by 40% in the last few days. People should carry water in this weather and also stay in the shade as much as possible,” Kanta Goyal, principal medical officer, Gurgaon civil hospital, said.

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Compounding the woes of residents who are already battling extreme hot weather, the city’s air quality has remained poor over the last few days. Many residents have complained of breathing problems.

Gurgaon’s air quality was marked as poor as the PM 2.5 was recorded at 231 µg/m³, much higher than the permissible limit of 60 µg/m³.