Kerala is ready to victim scorching days of the summer. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a temperature alert in Kerala forecasting an increase of 2 to 3 degrees Celsius in maximum temperature in the state. On Saturday the maximum temperature in Kannur, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kozhikode, and Punalur increased by 2.6 degrees Celsius, 2.5 degrees, 2.2 degrees, 2.1 degrees, and 2.2 degrees Celsius respectively. The IMD has predicted an increase in temperature on Sunday and Monday for Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Kannur are likely to witness an increase in maximum temperature. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has issued a warning to the public following the IMD alert. The IMD also predicted that summer will peak in the state between March 20 and April 10.
*guidelines to the public to avoid sunburn and sunstroke
Avoid exposure to the sun from 11 am to 3 pm
Always carry a bottle of water to avoid dehydration
Drink plenty of pure water.
Wear loose cotton outfits
School authorities and parents are advised to take extra care of children in view of the examination season. Schools that are taking students for summer excursions must make sure that the children are not exposed to the sun from 11 am to 3 pm.
Aganwadi staff and panchayat should make arrangements to avoid children from getting exposed to the sunlight.
Aged people, pregnant ladies, children and patients should avoid chances of sunstroke.
Labour commissioner should reschedule the working hours of the workers who are exposed to sunlight during work
Experts say that the Ultraviolet (UV) index and heat index are likely to go up in the coming days and possibilities of heat-related incidents like sunburns.