IMD Issues Yellow Alerts as Temperatures Soar in Kerala: 12 Districts Affected

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised concerns by issuing yellow alerts for 12 districts in Kerala due to anticipated higher temperatures. From April 23 to April 27, several districts are predicted to experience temperatures well above the norm. Palakkad tops the list with temperatures expected to soar up to 40°C, followed closely by Kollam and Thrissur at 39°C, and Kozhikode at 38°C. Other districts such as Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, and Kannur are also expected to face above-normal temperatures, ranging up to 37˚C, while Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, and Kasargod are forecasted to reach 36°C. This significant rise in temperature, ranging between 2°C to 4°C above average, raises concerns about potential heat-related health risks and the impact on local ecosystems.

These yellow alerts serve as a reminder for residents and authorities to take necessary precautions to combat the heat. It is essential to stay hydrated, seek shade or cooler environments whenever possible, and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, especially during peak daytime hours. Vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, children, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions, should take extra care to stay cool and well-hydrated. Additionally, measures to mitigate the effects of heat, such as providing access to cooling shelters and spreading awareness about heat-related illnesses, become crucial during such weather conditions.

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