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City sizzles at 44.5°C, brace for hotter days

punjab Updated: Jun 06, 2014 23:54 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu

With mercury soaring up to 44 degrees on Friday, there will be no respite from the scorching heat in the upcoming days, if the Met school at PAU is to be believed.

According to the Meteorological and Climate Change School of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Friday recorded a temperature of 44.5 degrees.

"Residents should prepare for hotter days, as the temperature is set to increase further in the coming days," said LK Dhaliwal, head of Meteorological and Climate Change School, PAU, adding that there were no signs of rain in the next few days.

"It has become difficult to step out. Thankfully schools and colleges are closed for summer vacations," said Kavita Bhatia, a housewife from Gurdev Nagar, while another resident Navneet Singh Grewal added, "Though we can still manage in the hot weather, animals are certainly helpless. Therefore, we should help by putting out water in earthen pots for stray dogs and birds."

Dr Anureet Gill from Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "Intake of liquids, especially water and lemonade, should be increased in such sultry weather. Also, before stepping out in the sun, one must wear a hat or cap and apply sunscreen."

"Home food is the best as it is freshly cooked. On the other hand, fast food, which is oily and full of fat, must be avoided. Cut fruits and vegetables that are sold on roadsides and at markets must be avoided," Dr Gill added.

Jagjeevan Kaur Dhillon, retired deputy director of sports of PAU, said practicing games and sports must be restricted to morning and evening hours to avoid the risk of heat stroke and sunburn.