Normal life is affected in most parts of Rajasthan due to scorching heat. Due to the scorching heat and heat wave in the western areas, roads remained deserted on Friday and people remained locked inside their homes, leading to a ‘lock-down’-like situation.
According to the Meteorological Department, Ganganagar was the hottest place in the state on Friday with 48.1 degree Celsius. With a slight drop in maximum temperature in Barmer to 47.8 degree Celsius, in Baran and Karauli 47.8-47.8, Pilani 47.7 degree, Dholpur and Phalodi 47.6-47.6 degree, Bikaner 47.4 degree, Kota 47.2 degree, Nagaur 46.9 degree, And other major places recorded 46.3°C to 43.8°C.
According to the department, the night temperature was recorded in the range of 33.2 degree Celsius to 27 degree Celsius on Thursday in most of the major cities of the state.
It is noteworthy that on Thursday, the maximum temperature in Barmer was 48.2 degrees Celsius, while in Jaisalmer 47.2 degrees Celsius was recorded. Dust storms coupled with heat wave in rural areas have disturbed normal life. The condition of animals and birds is worse than this due to heat.
Barmer businessman Sunil Kumar told PTI that the heat is unbearable. Kumar said that as the day progresses, the situation becomes difficult and it becomes a challenge to go out in the afternoon due to severe heat wave.
He told that for the last 15 days there is a tremendous demand for coolers, fridges, ACs, although before the start of the summer season, they shop according to the need, but this time they had to re-order two to three times. .
In such a situation, people can be seen making various efforts to avoid the heat in the midst of deteriorating conditions. People sprinkle water on the terrace before sleeping to reduce the effect of heat. Be it Barmer or Jaisalmer people start the day very early and finish the morning work by 8-9 am.
The scorching heat in the western parts of the state has left not only civilians but also Border Security Force personnel guarding the Indo-Pak borders in the desert facing harsh conditions in high temperatures. Most of the shopkeepers down the shutters to escape the heat and the roads are almost empty.
To reduce the effect of sunlight, shopkeepers in Jaisalmer’s Pokhran town covered an entire street with green netting. Jai Bhati, a shopkeeper of Jaisalmer, told that the scorching heat has disturbed everyone. During 12 to 1 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm, the roads are almost deserted and it feels like a lockdown.
With the rise in temperature, the demand for lemonade, buttermilk, curd and juice has also increased.
The situation has become even more frightening due to the heat on the Indo-Pak border. The temperature in the border areas is one to two degree Celsius higher than in other areas. In view of such a situation, the Border Security Force (BSF) has made elaborate arrangements to protect its soldiers from the heat.
Vineet Kumar, Deputy Inspector General, Barmer Sector of the Border Security Force, said that arrangements for lemonade, curd, and buttermilk have been made for the BSF personnel and they have been instructed to consume beverages from time to time.
He said, “Border security in summer is a challenging task, but despite this, BSF personnel are standing on the border with full preparation and doing everything possible to protect themselves from the heat.”
An official of the Jaipur Meteorological Center said that due to the effect of anticyclone system formed in the upper atmospheric levels of western Rajasthan and adjoining areas and hot and dry westerly winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere, there is a situation of intense heat wave in the state.
Jaipur Meteorological Center Director Radhey Shyam Sharma said, “The current heat wave will still continue for the next 48 hours. Thereafter, there is a possibility of a slight drop in the temperature. According to him, the maximum temperature will be recorded below 45 degrees and there is a strong possibility of getting relief from heat wave from May 16.
Sharma said that there is a possibility of strong dusty winds / storms (30 to 40 kmph) during May 14-15-16 in the districts of Bikaner and Jodhpur divisions. The department has issued red alert for heat wave in Bikaner, Churu, Jaisalmer, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu and Kota districts and ‘Orange Alert’ for many other districts during the next 24 hours.
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