Nellore: People have been jittery due to sharp increase in the temperature and sultry conditions prevailing in Nellore and Prakasam.
Moisture levels had dropped by 50 per cent from 60 to 70 per cent a few days ago to 30 per cent since Thursday, reportedly due to cyclone Fani.
The temperature has been hovering around 36 to 38 degrees due to Fani effect three days ago but increased to 40 degrees on Thursday and to 42.3 degrees on Friday in Nellore.
In case of Ongole, the temperature was 39.7 degrees on May 1, 40.1 degree on May 2 and it steeply increased to 43.7 degree on Friday. Main thoroughfares have been wearing a deserted look in Ongole as people preferred to stay indoors, scared over the heat. The situation was no different in Nellore, especially in the afternoon.
Authorities had warned people against exposure to the sun for next one week, pointing to the heat wave in the region. Doctors also suggested the public to avoid moving out between 10 am to 5 pm and use umbrellas or cover themselves from sun if they can’t avoid going out. Noted Physician Dr. C.V. Subhramanyam, advised the people to consume more fluids and fruit juices with high water content even if they are at home. He said that diabetic patients, people suffering from neurological diseases and chronic illness are more prone to sunstrokes.
“In case of symptoms such as fever or dehydration, consult doctor immediately. Wear cotton clothes and ensure adequate hydration and ventilation,” Dr Subhramanyam suggested....