The rising mercury levels, which have begun to consistently exceed 40 degrees Celsius in Hyderabad and surrounding areas, have increased the risk of heat strokes, skin allergies, and water-borne illnesses. During peak summer, modern food consumption patterns expose people to contaminated food and water, resulting in water and food-borne illnesses.
Aside from that, rising temperatures cause Heat-Related Illnesses (HRI), which include a wide range of disorders from muscle cramps to heat exhaustion and life-threatening emergencies like heat stroke.
People who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as chronic heart and kidney disease, should avoid being exposed to extreme heat during the summer. According to doctors, core body temperatures of senior citizens, diabetics, and kidney and heart patients rise considerably when exposed to hot sun for a long time.
The heatwave-like conditions that have gripped Hyderabad and several Telangana districts for the past few days have intensified, with mercury levels consistently crossing 40 degrees Celsius.
On Monday, the Khairatabad region in Hyderabad had the highest maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Secunderabad (40.7 degrees Celsius) and Gachibowli (40.6 degrees Celsius). On Monday, temperatures in several districts, including Nizamabad and Jayashankar Bhupalapally, reached nearly 45 degrees Celsius.
The intense heat wave is expected to continue in Hyderabad and the surrounding districts for the next week, according to a forecast issued by the India Meteorological Department-Hyderabad (IMD-H) on Monday, with average temperatures expected to remain above 40 degrees Celsius in several parts of Telangana.
The weather department also issued a warning for Hyderabad, advising residents to stay indoors during peak hours to avoid heat-related illnesses. The IMD issued a yellow alert, warning of severe heatwave conditions that can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
The minimum temperature is also expected to be in the 27-28 degree Celsius range, with no relief from the heat even at night. Apart from the state capital, even the districts experienced heatwave-like conditions.
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