Heatwave to continue for next five days in Terai

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Kathmandu: The Weather Forecasting Division has issued a special bulletin predicting a heatwave in the Terai belt of Nepal for the next five days. 

The Division has urged people to take preventive measures to protect themselves from the heatwave. 

According to the current temperature status and analysis, most parts of the Tarai region are expected to experience a gradual increase in both maximum and minimum temperatures.  When the temperature rises above 40 degrees Celsius, the heatwave is referred to as ‘loo.’ 

The effects of the heatwave are not limited to the Tarai region alone, as even the hilly areas and valleys will experience a rise in temperature. The Forecasting Division has appealed to everyone to stay updated on the information and notices it periodically issues regarding the latest weather events. 

Many places in the country have already witnessed a rise in both maximum and minimum temperatures for several days. In the Tarai belt, temperatures have exceeded 40 degrees Celsius. Symptoms of the heatwave, also known as ‘loo,’ include fatigue, weakness, thirst, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness, muscle pain, and vomiting. 

To mitigate the effects of the heatwave, the Division has recommended the following precautions: staying at home or seeking cool places, wearing lightweight cotton clothes, covering the head while walking outside, and increasing fluid intake by consuming juices and water. In case of health problems, it is advised to consult with healthcare professionals and medical personnel. 

Currently, Nepal is experiencing the partial effects of the westerly wind and a low-pressure system from Bihar, India. Additionally, light to moderate rainfall has been predicted in some areas of the Koshi, Madhes, and Bagmati Provinces. The minimum temperature in the Kathmandu Valley has been recorded at 18.8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature has reached 29 degrees Celsius.