With the temperature going over 40 Degrees Celsius for nearly a fortnight, Schools based in Delhi/NCR region have taken some precautionary measures to keep students safe. Keeping in mind the impact of the intense heatwave, many schools based in Delhi have decided to revise their school timings citing the health concerns of the students. In addition to this, Schools have also implemented some other measures including restricting outdoor activities, stocking ORS and glucose sachets, and constantly motivating children to stay hydrated.
Hottest April in 72 Years
Delhi and surrounding towns of Gurugram, Noida, and Faridabad have been reporting temperatures above 40 Degrees for nearly a week now. In fact, last month was the 2nd hottest April month that Delhi – NCR has experienced in the past 72 years with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius.
Fresh Heatwave expected from 7th May
After a little rain a couple of days last week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a 2nd round of the heatwave to sweep North and Central India from 7th and 8th May onwards. However, despite the warnings issued by IMD and other experts, authorities have decided not to close down schools to make up for the time lost due to schools remaining closed due to the pandemic situation.
As the temperatures continue to soar across the country, the Central Government has issued some guidelines to help students & parents check the heatwave conditions. In line with this, State Govts and Union Territories have been directed to check the preparedness of health facilities and make sure there is the availability of adequate medicines. In addition to this, the local administration has also been directed to ensure sufficient drinking water.
The central government advises everyone to avoid getting out in the sun, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm. Moreover, people have also been requested to avoid strenuous activities when outside in the afternoon. People are also advised e to reduce the consumption of alcohol, tea, coffee, or drinks with a large amount of sugar as well as avoid high protein food.