Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Sunstroke claims two in Maharashtra, many states reel under heatwave

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Melissa Porter | 04 April, 2017, 04:57

"No nearby location has recorded temperature close to 46.5 degrees Celsius".

The IMD however cautioned that technically there had been no heat wave in these districts, though the temperatures recorded there had been higher than usual. The Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh will also see temperatures soaring over 40 degrees for 48 hours.

Bhira is followed by Akola which recorded a maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees whereas Malegaon and Chandrapur in Maharashtra, Amreli in Gujarat and Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh are all under scorching heat recording a maximum temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday.

Delhi saw maximum temperature of 39.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, which was six degrees above normal from the current trend.

This was in contrast to Vijayawada and Guntur (38 degrees Celsius) and Visakhapatnam (32 degrees Celsius).

There are predictions of a "mild heat wave" in Maharashtra and Gujarat, parts of which are in the grip of intense heat as high as 40 degree plus.

If the predictions made by India Meteorological Department (IMD) are anything to go by, then April in Nashik is set to break all-time record of highest temperature this year.

Heatwave conditions continued in parts of Maharashtra on Saturday with mercury shooting over 40 degrees Celsius in several regions, DHNS reports from Mumbai. In the span of 24 hours from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Bhira recorded maximum temperature of 46.5°C.

The Indian Meteorological Department, in its March 27 press release, had warned of heat wave conditions and had said that the "spatial coverage of heat wave (was) very likely to expand further over north Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Vidarbha during the same period".

On Monday, the temperature in Ahmedabad touched 42.8 degrees, breaking a seven-year record for the month of March. The maximum temperature in Jammu dropped by a degree to settle at 33°C, still four degrees above normal.

Meanwhile, official agencies have advised people to refrain from venturing outdoors between 12 to 5 pm, ensure sufficient intake of liquids, proper protective clothing from the harsh sunrays and other precautionary measures to avoid heat strokes, which can be fatal.

The temperature in Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun as well as Srinagar has been recorded much above the normal for this part of the year. In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla recorded a maximum temperature at 25.1°C, 7.5°C above normal.