Dog days are here again; Temperature continues to soar in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: When the state is having a tough time amid coronavirus outbreak, the scorching summer heat is causing another problem for the public. According to the meteorological department, the mercury levels are rising day by day. On Sunday, the state recorded the highest temperature of 39.02 degree Celsius in Palakkad.
The lowest temperature of 33 degree Celsius was recorded at the navy airport in Kochi. At the same time, Nedumbassery airport recorded a temperature of 36.7 degree Celsius.
As the temperature levels continue to soar, there is a high risk of sunburn cases in Kerala. As people continue to remain at home amid lockdown, sunburn cases have not been reported so far.
Along with high temperature, water scarcity became another problem for people in high ranges. Hence, local bodies are struggling to assure water supply amid coronavirus preventive measures.
Sun comes above the head
Now, Sun is crossing the equator and moving towards the Tropic of Cancer. Hence, the sunlight falls into the earth as parallel to the sun.
With the Vishu festival, day and night will have the same duration in Kerala. Hence, the state will experience high temperature from 2 pm to 3 pm. It is better to stay indoors during day time as the temperature will be high.
Kerala likely to receive summer rain
The Meteorological department has predicted that the state is likely to receive summer rain within two days.
According to reports, southern districts from Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram will receive summer rain.
Lockdown affects weather forecasts
At present, the department officials are forecasting the weather based on the details from satellites. Only a limited number of employees are working at the meteorological centres.
As flights services are cancelled, temperature above sea levels is not available.
“Weather forecast was done based on the details from satellites, temperature above sea level and reports from meteorological centres. But it is not practical amid the lockdown, “said Dr MG Manoj, a scientist at the radar centre in CUSAT.
How to stay safe from high temperature
- Always use cotton and linen cloths in white or light colours
- Drink water frequently. Tender coconut water and lime juice are the best options
- Always wear sunglass and use sunscreen cream while stepping outside