With the mercury rising to 45.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, the heat wave took its toll on a 45-year-old unidentified man, who died due to a sun-stroke.
Monday was recorded as the hottest day this summer, surpassing the temperatures recorded at several locations of Delhi.
“One case of death due to sun-stroke has been reported till now. If the heat wave persists, we expect more cases by next week,” said Dr Hazari Lal, resident medical officer, Civil Hospital. As per the Indian Meteorological Department, Gurgaon’s atmospheric temperature has crossed that of Safdargunj area (44.5 degrees Celsius) in New Delhi.
“There are no signs of relief in future and monsoon is a far cry”, said JK Jenamani, director, Indian Meteorological Department.
According to the department’s forecast for the city, the temperature will continue to rise throughout the next week, hovering around 46 degrees Celsius till Thursday and reaching 47 degrees Celsius by Friday.
As mercury levels continue to soar, primary sections in various schools have already declared summer holidays from May 10. The middle school and Classes 11 and 12 will declare vacations from May 25.
“We have also reduced our office working hours to 1pm. Earlier, schools used to be open till 2pm. All sections will re-open in July,” said Col Pratap SinghYadav, president of the Haryana Progressive Schools, Gurgaon.
Meanwhile, markets and roads wear a deserted look as residents keep indoors to avoid the oppressive heat. This has also affected business in several market places. “Business has been hit by about 25% since the last one week. There are hardly any customers in the afternoon. The most productive time is during the evening,” said Saurabh Gupta, a store owner in Sector 31.