Pune: The sun has been scorching over Pune for the past three days as, the has been consistently crossing the 40 degree mark. On Monday, Pune recorded a maximum temperature of 40.1 degree Celsius temperature.
Although the IMD forecast shows that the mercury has already crossed the 40 degree mark, some private weather forecasting agencies have predicted a sudden dip in temperatures by mid-May, when the temperature is likely to go down as low as 32 degree Celsius. Doctors have advised citizens to take necessary precautions, as sudden change in the graph can be averse to their health.
The IMD officials said, “The season’s highest temperature till now has been recorded at 40.1 degree Celsius. In the next two days, the maximum temperature will continue to be in the range of 39 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius”. The officials have also reported chances of rain in some areas over the next 48 hours.
Follow health precautions during climatic changes
According to some city-based doctors, an immediate change from the constant heat to a drop in temperatures may be bad for people, especially those with low body resistance. Keeping hydrated, and avoiding direct exposure to sun will help immensely.
Minor fluctuations though will not cause much harm. “Such a change will be similar to sitting in an air conditioned room for a long time and then suddenly going out in direct and harsh sunlight. The hike in the temperature may cause head ache, sunstroke and decrease in the body blood pressure. The change may cause increase in the number of cases of sun strokes,” said Dr Hillary Rodrigues, based in Camp. He added that intake of salt should be increased in case of dizziness or fatigue.
“Young kids and older people are most affected in such cases. They can easily catch a cold or get any allergic reactions. Also, there is an increase in the sun stroke patients when there is such a temperature difference,” said Dr Mahesh Wayal, a physician based at Karve Road.
Dr Avinash Bondhwe, practicing at Shivajinagar added, “Temperature changes also increase viral contamination, especially air contamination. Therefore, there are many cases of air-borne viral infections. People also complaint of fatigue and tiredness.”