Goa State Disaster Management Authority issues advisory for Heatwave like conditions

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Panaji: Goa State Disaster Management Authority has issued advisory on the preventive measures after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted Heatwave like conditions in the coastal state for next seven days from Monday.

The Authority mentions that they have issued advisory based on the special bulletin on current temperature status and warning for Goa state issued by the IMD.

The advisory mentions that the maximum temperature recorded in Goa was in the range of 33-35 degree celsius and is likely to remain unchanged for next seven days, over North and South Goa results into “Heatwave like conditions or discomfort.”

The authority has said that the possible impact of “above normal temperature” is that heat is tolerable for general public but for moderate health concern for vulnerable people like infants, elderly, people with chronic diseases.

“It is advised to take precautionary measures for hot weather while going outside during peak hours of the day, that is around 11 am to 3 pm,” the advisory reads.

The authority has said that the people should not panic and take the preventive measures like avid prolonged heat exposure, wear light weight, light coloured, loose, cotton clothes.

Drink sufficient water at regular intervals even if not feeling thirsty to avoid dehydration.

“Recognise the signs of heat stroke, heat rash or heat cramps such as weakness, headache, nausea, sweating and seizures,” the advisory reads.

The authority has said that the current situation cannot be termed as heatwave as the criteria for Goa State is when maximum temperature is 4.5 degree celsius more or less than normal. “The Heatwave may be described provided actual temperature is 37 degree celsius or more,” the authority has said.

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