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How to Protect Yourself from Delhi Heat Waves: Dos and Don’ts

Delhi continued to face intense heatwave conditions, with temperatures soaring and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing a ‘red’ alert for the region. The heatwave persisted across Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, West Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Specifically, on May 27, 2024, Delhi’s Mungeshpur recorded a temperature of 48.3 degrees Celsius, contributing to the ongoing heatwave crisis in the area. IMD scientist Naresh Kumar highlighted that there would be no immediate relief from the scorching temperatures in Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, and Punjab for the next few days, with the forecast indicating that the heatwave conditions would persist.

Additionally, the IMD predicted light to moderate rainfall in various regions, including coastal districts of West Bengal and eastern districts of Gangetic West Bengal, as well as in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, and Tripura.

To protect yourself from Delhi’s heat waves, follow these essential dos and don’ts based on the information provided in the search results:

Dos:

  1. Minimize outdoor activities, especially between noon and 3:00 PM when the sun is at its peak.
  2. Drink water regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  3. Choose breathable and loose clothing, preferably in light colors.
  4. Wear hats, carry umbrellas, and use sunglasses when going out.
  5. Ensure proper footwear to protect your feet from hot surfaces.
  6. Carry water with you while traveling.
  7. Increase intake of hydrating drinks like buttermilk, lemon water, or electrolytes.
  8. Make sure pets and animals have access to shade and water.
  9. Use curtains, shutters, or sun shades to block direct sunlight.
  10. Take cool showers to lower body temperature.

Don’ts:

  1. Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, and carbonated drinks as they can dehydrate your body.
  2. Refrain from heavy or high-protein meals and avoid stale food.
  3. Never leave children, elderly, or pets unattended in parked vehicles.
  4. Avoid excessive physical activity during the hottest times of the day.
  5. Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
  6. Stay away from stuffy and unventilated spaces.
  7. Do not ignore signs of heat-related illnesses like dizziness, headache, and excessive sweating.
  8. Avoid leaving anyone in closed, parked cars during hot weather.

By following these guidelines, including staying hydrated, wearing appropriate clothing, and avoiding direct sun exposure, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the intense heat waves in Delhi.

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