Gujarat Swelters Under Scorching Heat, Orange Alert Issued Till May 21st

Major cities like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bhuj, Amreli, and Rajkot fall under the orange alert zone, which is the second-highest heat warning level


AHMEDABAD,GUJARAT : The summer sun has cranked up the heat in Gujarat, prompting the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to issue an “orange alert” for several major cities until May 21st. This warning signifies a significant risk to public health due to extreme heat conditions.

“The summer heat has intensified in Gujarat, prompting the state weather department to issue an orange alert till May 21,” said a spokesperson for the IMD. “Temperature is expected to range between 43°C and 45°C across the state.”

Major cities like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bhuj, Amreli, and Rajkot fall under the orange alert zone. An orange alert is the second-highest heat warning level, indicating potentially dangerous conditions for vulnerable populations.

The scorching temperatures are already making their presence felt. On May 17th, several cities witnessed temperatures exceeding 41°C. Himmatnagar emerged as the hottest with a sweltering 45°C, followed closely by Ahmedabad at 44.2°C.

“The situation is concerning,” remarked a health official in Ahmedabad. “Prolonged exposure to such extreme heat can lead to heatstroke, dehydration, and other health complications.”

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is urging residents to take necessary precautions. “Staying hydrated is crucial,” advised an AMC spokesperson. “Drink plenty of water, buttermilk, coconut water, and other cooling fluids. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid spicy or processed foods.”

Experts also recommend limiting strenuous activity during peak heat hours and wearing loose, cotton clothing. Staying indoors with proper air conditioning or ventilation is advisable.

With the orange alert in effect for the next few days, Gujarat residents can expect scorching heat and should take preventive measures to stay safe and healthy during this intense summer spell.