heat wave


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A climatologic event in which the air temperature is extremely high for an extended period
Mortality risk groups Elders, infants, disabled, indigent, drug/alcohol abusers

heat wave

Public health A climatologic event in which the air temperature is > 42ºC or 103ºF for a period of 5 days or more
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During the third session, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra shared their experiences and best practices to help other States prepare their Heat Wave Action Plans.
Heat wave and mortality: a multicountry, multicommunity study.
According to a Met Office bulletin, northwestern and western regions were exposed to more heat wave as they recorded the highest 38.
The ongoing heat wave comes at a time when water shortages are being reported by farmers.
Most of those who died or were treated for heatstroke were fasting as the heat wave began two days after the start of Ramazan.
Late in June, the minister Mushahidullah Khan had formed a committee of experts to investigate the causes of the blistering heat wave in the country, so that fallouts of heat waves in future are mitigated.
While the death tally is high, it pales in comparison to the 2003 heat wave that resulted in the deaths of 15,000 people.
The July 1995 heat wave in the Midwest caused more than 700 deaths in Chicago.
A slight easing of heat wave conditions could also take place in central and southeast India from Tuesday.
Scientists found that changes in atmospheric circulation over the western tropical Pacific Ocean, as well as rising sea-surface temperatures, played a "significant" role in Japan's unprecedented summer heat wave, which smashed temperature records across the country and saw average summer temperatures 2.
The heat wave will remain as intense today and tomorrow and the western winds have also added to the sizzling heat.
Washington, DC: July 9 -- (BNA) Various USA states have suffered the brunt of a severe heat wave which resulted in tens of fatalities; as authorities anticipated cooler storms to replace the heat wave.