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Mercury jumps, experts caution against stroke
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 13 2013: Compared to last month, average temperature has shot up by four degrees at the border town of Moreh this month and temperature is gradually rising at Imphal too.

Given the rising level of mercury, health experts have warned against possibi-lities of heart attacks and heat strokes.

Directorate of Environment, on studying weather data collected at the weather stations installed in the nine districts of Manipur, learnt that temperature rose sharply and suddenly at Moreh.

Average maximum temperature of Moreh during the month of May was 28.57 degree Celsius whereas the minimum temperature was 27.8 degree Celsius.

Now, maximum average temperature at Moreh has reached 32.01 degree Celsius with minimum temperature recorded at 29.98 degree Celsius.

June 1, 2, 3 and 12 recorded maximum temperature of 36.41 degree Celsius.

Average maximum temperature during the month of May at Imphal was 25.91 degree Celsius and the minimum average temperature was 25.8 degree Celsius.



Large scale deforestation, one of the reasons for the rising heat
Large scale deforestation, one of the reasons for the rising heat


By June, average maximum temperature rose to 27.26 degree Celsius and the average minimum temperature rose to 26.11 degree Celsius.

What demands keen attention is the closeness between average maximum temperature and the average minimum temperature and the consistent temperature of 32 to 34 degree Celsius recorded on June 2,3,4,5 and 6 .

The rising temperature in Manipur known for its moderate temperature a few decades back would produce serious implications on human health, said Shija Hospitals Managing Director Dr Palin.

The rising temperature can trigger heart attacks, sun strokes as well as low blood pressure due to excessive dehydration, Palin said.

Environmentalist Dr RK Ranjan remarked that the rising temperature witnessed in Manipur is one of the impact of global climate change.

The phenomenon of cloud radiation in which clouds cannot transform themselves into rain is one of the factors of sharp increase in average temperature.

The Government should make special arrangements to provide potable water to all citizens.

The situation demands implementation of the State Action Plan for Climate Change without undue delay, Dr Ranjan said.

Some highlights * In Manipur the hottest month was recorded in April 1999, when the average temperature was recorded at 31.9 degree Celsius.

* Again, 1999 has been recorded as the hottest year in Manipur with the mean maximum temperature recorded at 28.4 degree Celsius through out the year.

* The IPCC of the UN announced that 2011 was the warmest year till date.

In Manipur the average temperature in 2011 from April to August was recorded between 27 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius.


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