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City sizzles at 43.4? C

PEOPLE ACROSS the State including Bhopal are feeling the heat now with the mercury continuing to soar making both days and nights quite uncomfortable. On Friday, the Capital recorded the highest of the season yet at 43.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above the normal and a good one degree above the earlier highest of 42.5 degrees recorded earlier this week on May 1.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 15:00 IST

PEOPLE ACROSS the State including Bhopal are feeling the heat now with the mercury continuing to soar making both days and nights quite uncomfortable. On Friday, the Capital recorded the highest of the season yet at 43.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above the normal and a good one degree above the earlier highest of 42.5 degrees recorded earlier this week on May 1.

In other parts of the State too, temperatures have risen drastically with summer now in the full swing. Khandwa and Gwalior recorded the highest day temperature in the State at a scorching 45 degrees Celsius on Friday. Indore also sizzled at 43.6 degrees Celsius.

It is normal for the temperatures to reach over 44 degrees Celsius during the month of May, which is the hottest month of the year for this part of country, but such high temperatures during the very first week of the month are really getting to people.

Fans and coolers have become ineffective and people sweat throughout the day under oppressive weather. The streets remain deserted during most part of the day and those who need to venture out have to take full precautions against the fire-spewing sun. With the skies remaining totally clear all through Friday, the effect of summer was felt in full force.

The consumption of bottled and traditional cool drinks – like jaljeera, Lassi, nimbupaani (lemon juice) and fruit juices have increased drastically over the last few days and people can be seen making full use of water kiosks put up in different parts of the City.

During the last 10 years, only once the mercury has touched 45 degrees mark in City during month of May in year 1998. In 1996 the highest temperature in May was recorded at 43.9 degrees, 1997 – 41.9, 1998 – 45.0, 1999 – 44.2, 2000 – 43.5, 2001 – 44.4, 2002 – 44.6, 2003 – 43.9, 2004 – 44.6, and 2005 – 44.4.

By now, the highest day temperature during month of May in the City was recorded in the year 1947 at 45.6 degrees (on May 27) while the lowest day temperature recorded ever in City during the month was 17.2 degrees on May 4, 1972.

With the month progressing, temperatures are only expected to further shoot up and citizens will have to make all necessary arrangements to beat the heat.

Aliments add to citizens’ woes
WITH temperatures soaring by the day, weather related ailments have also begun to manifest themselves in the City. Many patients suffering from diaorrheoa, typhoid, jaundice, viral fever and malaria are coming daily to OPDs of almost all City hospitals.

Several cases of jaundice have been reported from the Jheelnagri locality in Indrapuri area. Apart from this, some cases of malaria too have been detected from the area.

Doctors have advised people to boil water before drinking, avoid eating stale and unclean food articles, keep their surroundings clean and maintain good personal hygiene during the summer season to avoid getting infected from water-borne, vector-borne and other seasonal diseases.