Jhabua: As the nine hottest days of the year or ‘Nautapa’ has officially started, people are feeling the heat already. This heat will continue till the coming June 3. These days are supposed to be comparatively hotter than rest of the summer months. It is also believed that hotter Nautapa brings in better monsoons. Astrologers believed that monsoon would start as soon as the hotter period ends. The weather department also says that the first phase of the monsoon may start soon.

The weather department forecasts that the temperatures will hover around 42-45 degree Celsius during the coming days. As temperatures seem to remain high in the district, the doctors recommend to avoid stale food and keeping away from the sun as much as possible. Dr. A.K. Patel of the district hospital says that it is important to cover head and face while stepping out. Light food is recommended while oily food must be avoided. He also suggested the consumption of buttermilk, lemonade etc. to beat the heat. Children need special attention, as they are vulnerable to heat strokes.

Although Sunday evening brought some relief to people as the sky became cloudy and cool breeze started blowing, the heat took its toll on people on Monday. Many seemed to have confined to their homes in the renewing coolness of ACs and coolers. The markets were deserted. The maximum temperature was 44 while minimum remained at 32 degree Celsius.

Khargone: Even though the district reached a record 45 degree Celsius, the Nautapa began on Sunday promising nothing but more to deal with. The hot winds and scorching sun seem to be taking toll on people. The maximum temperature on the first day of the Nautapa was registered at 44.05 and the predictions only show increase in the same. The roads seemed quiet, as people were unwilling to step out in the sun.

People have resorted to various means, as temperatures remain high. Many people can be seen with scarfs, duppattas and handkerchiefs covering their faces to avoid direct heat. In fact, every third person in the city has covered up. The baaratis in the wedding season have to face problems as heat in hindering with enjoyment. The rural areas have two fold problems as the heat is coupled with electricity cuts. The heat also affects the health of the people and the doctors are advising avoid hot winds and sun, as the number of patients is increasing.

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