The Indian Meteorology Department has forecast rainfall or thunderstorm various parts of Gujarat this weekend as clouds continued to hover over the state due to an upper air cyclonic activity over Rajasthan. These include the areas in and around Rajkot,Bhuj,Vadodara,Deesa,Dwarka,Porbandar,Veraval and Naliya.
Meanwhile,half an inch of rain was recorded over Amreli on Friday (it had begun raining in various parts of the district on Thursday evening) while 5 mm of rain was recorded over Ahmedabad early on Friday morning. Other cities remained dry,experiencing below normal maximum temperatures due to persistent cloud cover which blunts suns rays in the daytime.
Surat continues to enjoy the largest departure from normal maximum temperatures at 31 degrees Celsius (which is 6 degrees below normal) while Ahmedabad,Vadodara and Bhuj experienced similar below-normal temperatures at varying levels.
At 39 degrees Celsius,Surendranagar was the hottest urban centre on Friday,followed by Gandhinagar and Idar which experienced 38 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile,many parts of the state experienced windy conditions throughout the day with Bhavnagar experiencing the swiftest at 35 km/hr (19 knots). Amreli and Mahuva too experienced moderate breeze of 24 km/hr (13 knots),while Vadodara,Rajkot,Porbandar,Veraval,New Kandla and Diu experienced gentle breeze.
Bracing for a dip in temperatures and rainfall over many parts of Gujarat,the health department on Friday issued a special alert to intensify surveillance of Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI) so that these do not deteriorate into morbid illnesses among high-risk groups (pregnant women,young children or elderly) or weaken immune systems,making them more susceptible to the H1N1 virus infection. The alert will make sure medical personnel administer treatment quickly to those who contract URTI and prevent them from getting worse, said Dr Dinkar Raval,deputy director of the state health departments epidemiology division.