Scorching Heat Grips Ahmedabad As Mercury Soars To 44.9 Deg Celsius; Check Weekly Forecast

On Sunday, Ahmedabad experienced scorching temperatures as the mercury soared to a bone-drying 44.9 degrees Celsius, marking it as the hottest day of the season for the city.
Ahmedabad weather update (Representational Image)

Ahmedabad weather update (Representational Image)

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Ahmedabad: The sun continued to beat down mercilessly on Ahmedabad, driving temperatures to a blistering 44.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday, making it the hottest day of the season for the city. According to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD), Ahmedabad's temperature has not dropped below 30.5 degrees Celsius since May 17, signalling the severity of the ongoing heatwave and what may be expected in the coming days. The IMD has issued an orange alert for Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar until Thursday, predicting that maximum temperatures could reach up to 45 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 31 degrees Celsius.
IMD Forecast
IMD Forecast
On Sunday, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar recorded the state's highest minimum temperature at 31.2 degrees Celsius. The extreme heat has led to a surge in heat-related emergencies. Data from EMRI 108 emergency services revealed that heat-related emergencies in the city averaged 13 between May 11 and 17, but spiked to 21 on May 18, when temperatures soared to 44.5 degrees Celsius. This figure is nearly double the 11 emergencies recorded on May 17 and represents a 61 per cent increase compared to the weekly average. From May 11 to 17, 72 heat-related emergencies were recorded, which jumped to 97 on May 18, marking a 35 degrees Celsius increase, as per a Times of India report.
City-based physicians have noted a rise in cases of heat-related fatigue and dehydration. Dr. Pravin Garg, a physician in Ahmedabad, reported that many patients are experiencing persistent fever, heat rashes, muscle pain, and dizziness. In Ahmedabad and across Gujarat, the most commonly reported heat-related emergency has been heat-induced fever. Other reported emergencies include vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, heat stroke, and fainting. Over the past seven days, there have been seven cases of heat stroke across Gujarat. Most patients are between the ages of 21 and 50, with the majority of emergency calls coming in between 12 noon and 8 pm.
In addition to Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, the heatwave alert extends to the districts of Surendranagar, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Rajkot, Kutch, Anand, Banaskantha, and Valsad.
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