Terrible heat waves make life uneasy in East and North India

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Terrible heat waves make life uneasy in East and North India

East and North India has been hit by terrible heat waves and scorching sun, making life unbearable for many.

April 2012 was more pleasant than expected in India. Rains and cool winds helped keep the temperature down but since May, temperatures have been rising and rain is no where to be seen. Most parts of East and North India are witnessing 44 C temperature.

heat wave across India

Orissa has witnessed temperatures ranging 40 to 46 C with Sambalpur being the hottest at 46. Already, over 80 people are being reported dead because of the excessive heat in Orissa.

Uttar Pradesh saw the temperatures reaching to 46.6 in Allahabad. Lucknow has also witnessed 43.3 C and most people are staying indoors during the day to avoid the sun. Electricity problems make matters worse in UP as several cities are getting at least 6 to 8 hrs of power cuts daily.

Delhi has been comparatively better but still 42 C in Delhi with warm wind blowing at your face is enough to make you sick if you decide to venture out during the day. The temperatures are expected to remain the same for next week as well and everyone’s praying that monsoon and the rains come soon.

The silver lining in these hot weather conditions across India is that it has propelled the tourism sector. Himachal Pradesh is reporting packed hotels, with reports of tourists being turned away if they had no prior reservations made. Popular destinations like Shimla, Kullu, Manali and Dharamsala are the preferred choices for tourists with some opting for the scenic beauty of McLeodganj as well.

Tips on how to handle the Indian summer

1. Unless necessary, do not venture out. If you have to go out, make sure that you have your body and face covered.
2. Make sure that you drink lot of water.
3. Take some time off and go to a hill station like Mussoorie or Shimla. Take a look at some good holiday packages here.
4. Use electricity judiciously. Do not leave your fans or air conditioners running when not needed.

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