AHMEDABAD: The city on Wednesday experienced heat wave along with Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Patan, Rajkot, Amreli, Surendranagar and Kutch along with union territory of Diu. On Wednesday, the maximum temperature touched 43.8°C.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast mentioned that the temperature is likely to touch 44°C on Thursday. All the districts that experienced heat wave on Wednesday are likely to face similar conditions on Thursday as well.
The maximum temperature of 43.8°C in Ahmedabad was 1.9°C higher than normal whereas minimum temperature of 28.7°C was 1.6°C higher than normal, said IMD officials.
Deesa and Surendranagar recorded maximum temperature of 44.4°C each, highest in Gujarat, followed by 44.2°C in Bhuj, 43.8°C in Ahmedabad, 43.5°C in Gandhinagar, 43.2°C in V V Nagar and Rajkot and 43°C in Amreli.
Health experts cautioned against venturing out during afternoon hours if not necessary. “Avoid direct heat between 12 noon and 4pm. Wear open, light-coloured clothes for better ventilation and take light food to avoid gastric trouble. Even when out, wear goggles and cover your head and face,” said a city-based physician.