Visakhapatnam, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Even as scorching April makes its debut, the Port City, particularly areas surrounding Visakhapatnam Airport, have already been in the grip of a heat wave.

The prolonged and excessively hot weather accompanied by high humidity has been giving a tough time to the general public, particularly motorists, vendors and labourers, in areas surrounding Vizag Airport such as Gajuwaka, Gopalapatnam, Steel City, Kurmannapalem and NAD Kotta Road and towards Anakapalle road on National Highway-16 over the past four days.

According to weatherman at the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) here the Visakhapatnam Airport had been recording a maximum temperature of more than four degrees Celsius as against the normal maximum temperature of 35 degrees over the last four days.

According to CWC observation, Vizag Airport registered a temperature of 41 degree Celsius (6 degree Celsius above normal) on March 28, 40 degree Celsius next day 39 degree Celsius on March 30 and 41 degree Celsius yesterday till 1730hrs.

'The heatwave conditions have been prevailing at Vizag Airport in the city.

However, there are no such problems in the city limits as the maximum temperature levels in Waltair have remained close to the normal of 31 degree Celsius,' said a senior CWC official.

Waltair recorded temperatures of 33.3 degree Celsius on March 28, 32.6 degree Celsius its next day 32.4 degrees it next day and 35 degree Celsius yesterday

According to Prof OSRU Bhanu Kumar, professor emeritus, department of meteorology and oceanography, Andhra University (AU), if any area registers more than 4 degree Celsius temperature above normal continuously for three days then heat waves would be prevailing in the area.' Mr.Kumar underlined the need for preventive measure by the officials concerned, including Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), to check loss of human or animal life due to the soaring mercury.

The government considering heat waves as a natural calamity prevention of deaths due to sunstrokes had been taken up under the national disaster management plan.

'We are presently negotiating with non-governmental organisations and even politicians, in view of the elections, to set up water kiosks equipped with first aid kits. With the mercury touching 40 degree Celsium, we are identifying locations to set up water kiosks said mr kumar.

The main symptoms of sun strokes were severe headache, vomiting and blurry eyes and it can be prevented by frequent intake of liquids like water and butter milk.

Today was the hot day and this condition would continue in few north coastal Districts of Vizianagaram , Srikakualm and Visakhapatnam in the state were next 48 hours.

(Posted on 02-04-2014)