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Table 8 Sources of perceive changes in heat, cold and rainfall, compared to five to ten years ago (N = 450)

From: Households' perception of climate change and human health risks: A community perspective

Sources of perceived changes During Heat During Cold
  Yes No Yes No
Sources of perceived changes in heat % %   
Heat wave/feel 99.3 0.7   
Cannot go outside of house due to extreme heat 98.0 2.0   
Increased sweating 99.8 0.2   
Burning sensation/blistering 73.7 26.3   
Feel tired 70.4 29.6   
Cannot sleep at night due to extreme heat and sweating 70.9 29.1   
Tin roof of the house becomes too hot 66.5 33.5   
Lack of rainfall for a long period 99.8 0.2   
Tender leaves of trees die 97.6 2.4   
Lower levels of water in ponds, canals, river [34] 99.1 0.9   
Layer of deep tube wells has decreased 92.4 7.6   
Land has become much drier and now cracks 99.3 0.7   
Irrigation water dries up very soon in the field 92.6 7.4   
Feel more thirsty 72.5 27.5   
More frequent dry storms 71.1 28.9   
Growth of the trees has decreased 66.4 33.6   
TV news 72.5 27.5   
Radio news 17.0 87.0   
Newspaper 18/1 81.9   
Sources of perceived changes in cold    % %
TV news    64.9 32.0
Radio news    10.4 85.6
Newspaper    15.1 81.3
Cold waves have increased    100.0 0.0
People's experience    98.0 1.8
Dense fog (increased)    98.9 .9
Dew drops like rain form more frequently    97.8 2.0
No sun until 10.30 a.m due to strong fog    97.3 2.4
Limited visibility of sun for few days    93.3 6.5
  1. [Respondents were asked the questions: "What are the sources you use to determine whether the level of heat has changed?" "What are the sources you use to determine whether the level of cold has changed?]
  2. Percentage of don't know has not been presented in the table. Modern technologies or techniques were not available to determine exact changes in heat, cold and rainfall levels.