The day temperatures in Ahmedabad and several parts of Gujarat hovered around 44 degrees Celsius on Friday, with civic and disaster management bodies across the state issuing orange and red alerts in view of the prevailing heat wave condition.
According to the India Meteorological Department, severe heat wave condition would continue for at least five days in the state. Ahmedabad was the hottest centre in the state on Friday with mercury touching 44.6 degrees Celsius.
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For the first time this summer, a red alert has been issued for Ahmedabad, particularly for Sunday (May 15).
According to weathermen, the maximum temperature could cross the 45 degrees Celsius mark. This is the third heat wave alert issued for the city this month.
Similar weather is likely to prevail in Saurashtra and Kutch regions for the next five days.
The AMC also issued an advisory for city residents, asking them to stay indoors, and consume water and other liquids at regular intervals.
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In other places too the maximum temperature hovered around 44 degrees Celsius mark. While mercury climbed to 44.4 degrees Celsius at Kandla airport, the day temperature was 44.3 degrees Celsius in Surendranagar, 44 degrees Celsius in Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Amreli. Deesa and Vododara recorded a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius.