Hyderabad under heat stress, discomfort levels to get worse
Hyderabad: Ever wondered why you feel hotter than it is supposed to be?.Here’s why. As per a study, the country’s average heat index has shown a significant decadal increase over 60 years, growing at a rate of 0.56 degree Celsius and 0.32 degree Celsius in summer and monsoon.
Heat index is a measure of stress that humans face due to increased heat and humidity. The higher the heat index, the hotter one feels, since sweat does not readily evaporate and cool the skin.
The study was jointly conducted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). Out of the 25 big cities analyzed, 17 were found with an average summer heat index in the ‘very hot’ category.
These include Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore and Nagpur. Prolonged exposure or physical activity in such weather conditions can lead to heat cramps, exhaustion or even heat stroke.