The temperature in the city on Sunday was a sizzling 39.2 degrees crossing the maximum ever temperature recorded in April of 38.3 degrees in April 1931. The forward forecast also does not seem cheerful as the IMD suggests that temperatures of 38 degrees are here to stay for atleast a week.
With temperatures soaring, hospitals in the city are seeing an increase in the number of heat-related skin disorders. Of the 80 to 100 OPD patients visiting the hospital in a day, around fifteen per cent come in with cases of sun allergy, said Jaidev Yadav, senior consultant dermatologist, Fortis Hospitals, Cunningham Road. He said that there was a marked increase in patients with an increased sensitivity to sunlight, known as polymorphous light eruption and characterised by an itchy rash on teh skin on exposure to sunlight.
Heat contributing to fires in city
The soaring temperature contributed to accidental fires in the city, which have been on the rise in the past week.
"There have been around seven to 10 fires per day in the past week, but there is no marked increase today," said M.N. Reddi, Chief of Fire & Emergency Services. Most of the fires have been tree fires and open land grass fires.