Temperatures in parts of the poll-bound north Konkan and north Madhya Maharashtra region are appreciably above normal, with many places experiencing above 40°C.
The entire south Rajasthan will cast its votes on Monday. The weather is expected to remain dry and hot throughout the election day. Heat wave conditions will be prevalent throughout Rajasthan, with temperatures rising well above 40°C.
The southeast Madhya Pradesh, central Bihar and western Jharkhand will also cast votes on Monday amidst the sweltering heat. All these regions are likely to experience very hot temperatures around 42°C on Monday with clear and sunny conditions.
It is important the voters take primary precautions before going to cast their votes, the process for which started at 7 AM and ends by 6 PM. Severe heat can cause heat strokes and heat exhaustion that can lead to symptoms like dizziness, headaches, fainting and others.
It is advisable to avoid the wee hours for casting vote and visit the polling station before the sun goes high in the sky, preferably before 10 am or after it goes down i.e. after 5 pm. The voters can also avoid the rush and long queues at the polling station in this way.
Cover your head and face with cotton cloth or scarf to limit exposure to sunlight
Carry a bottle of water and glucose to keep you hydrated as you wait at the long queue to cast vote. Many polling booths offer water and juices for the convenience of the voters, but it is always smart to carry your essentials without depending on the poll authority.
Take a shower before you leave home for the polling station.
If the weather forecast in your areas says spells of rain, carry your umbrella or a rain coat
If you are casting vote in a booth that is surrounded by shrubs and bushes, carry mosquito repellents.
Malfunctioning of the EVMs is a common norm this polling season, that can extend your waiting time under the scorching sun.
Carry dry food items like fruits, biscuits so thay you are not left hungry.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for your casting vote outing. Try to cover your head with a hat or an umbrella to keep the head from becoming too warm.
Carry and wear sunglasses to keep your eyes safe if you go out during the peak hours of the sun. Don't forget to dab sunscreen lotion on your face.
Casting the vote is your constitutional right, don't let the heat of the sudden rain deter you from your rights.