The Gujarat health department has issued an 'Orange Alert' with temperatures likely to touch 44 degrees Celsius according to the weather department. The warning was issued after sudden spurt in heat across the state.
The Orange Alert has been announced for two days, due to the persistent heat wave. The Deputy Health Officer of Surat Municipal Corporation, Dr. Mahendra Pate, said all BRTS bus stands have ORS packets, Municipal Corporation has made arrangements for water at multiple points.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Centre at Ahmedabad has also released a warning on Saturday for a heat wave in multiple regions for the next 48 hours.
The official notice mentioned that the heatwave conditions very likely to prevail at a few places in the districts of Gujarat namely Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Surat; in the Districts of Saurashtra-Kutch namely Bhavnagar, Veraval, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Surendranagar, Kutch and Diu during the next 48 hours. IST of today.
The notice further mentioned that the moderate temperature with tolerable heat will exist for the next two days. But children and elderly are highly vulnerable to chronic diseases should take special precaution. Reportedly, as a precautionary measure, the authorities have issued advisories and have warned people not to go out in the sun. Constant intake of liquids such as lemon juice, buttermilk and aam panna is highly recommended.
On Friday, Global records mentioned that several Indian cities were reeling under an intense heatwave. All 15 cities listed as the world's warmest by the El Dorado weather website were from Central India and surrounding areas. The top spot was taken by Khargone in Madhya Pradesh with 46.6 degree Celsius temperature.
Several parts of Maharashtra's Vidarbha region also recorded high temperatures, the maximum temperature was recorded from Akola on Friday at 46.4 degree Celsius, a regional meteorological department official said.