Delhi Records 48 Degree Celsius: The Highest Temperature in June 2019
Delhi recorded 48 degree Celsius at Palam area today– the highest temperature in June 2019. India Meteorological Department regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastava told the media that dry westerly winds and no effect of a western disturbance in the plains caused the intense heat.
Kaushal Kumar (32) said that the heat wave is unbearable. “I have a marketing job. I have to be in the field during the peak time of heat. Many of my office colleagues have fallen sick”.
The highest temperature of 45.0°C was already recorded at West Madhya Pradesh on 4th April 2019. El Niño climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean is impacting weather globally. Because of its effect, 2019 is going to be the hottest year in human history.
Kiren Gulati (55) a resident of South-Delhi said, “I avoid going out for an evening walk. It remains hot outside even after the sunset. We stay at home under air conditioners but think of those poor people who do not have access to coolants, fans etc”.
Doctors told TheHealth that increasing temperature as a result of climate change will continue to expose vulnerable populations to additional heat-related diseases and mortality.
Sandeep Sahi said, “we are used to work under extreme weather conditions. But today (Monday) is very hot. As a traffic constable we keep ORS packets handy, but apart from that we suffer from skin disease like sunburn, rashes, eye infections etc.”.
“The sudden rise in temperature from normal to extremely hot can increase the cases of heat cramps, heat stroke, fever and gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat related illnesses. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and excessive physical exertion can result in a heat stroke, a serious condition in which the body gets overheated and people collapse”, said Dr. R.K. Singal, Director of Internal Medicine, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.
Doctors are also worried about gastro-intestinal infections and food-borne diseases because of the high temperatures. Water borne diseases like typhoid and jaundice and even diarrhea usually go up during the summers.