It is just March, but heatwave is already taking a toll

RSTV Bureau

summer_delhiAbove normal temperatures have been recorded in several cities across the country as heat wave picked up over large parts of North and Western India. Parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have recorded temperatures above 40 degree Celsius. Delhi is also reeling under late 30 degrees on the higher side.

The Weather department has at the same time decided to probe the recording of unusually high temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius at Bhira in Raigad district of Maharashtra, suspecting it could be wrong.

The temperature mapping centre at Bhira near a private dam recorded the temperature as high as 46.5 degrees Celsius for 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, heat wave conditions will prevail at isolated regions in Gujarat before temperatures across the state return to normal in 2-3 days, according to the Met Department. Temperatures in North Gujarat have been hovering between 40-42 degrees in the last few days.

“Heat wave conditions remain mainly in North Gujarat region. Saurashtra-Kutch as well as South Gujarat regions are no longer experiencing heat wave,” in-charge director of IMD Centre at Ahmedabad, Manorama Mohanty said on Thursday.

“As per current forecast, heat wave conditions will stay in north Gujarat region for another 24 hours,” she said.

Girls cover their faces to protect themselves from scorching heat, Allahabad, March 30, 2017. Photo - PTI

Girls cover their faces to protect themselves from scorching heat, Allahabad, March 30, 2017.
Photo – PTI

According to the Met Department, dry northerly winds have caused a rise in temperature. On Monday, mercury in Ahmedabad touched 42.8 degrees breaking seven-year record for the month of March.

Also, in Rajasthan, heatwave and warm night conditions continued for the second consecutive day today as most districts in the state recorded maximum temperatures at above 40 degrees Celsius.

Heat wave conditions prevailed over most parts of Uttar Pradesh with Varanasi and Agra recording the highest temperature of 41.4 degrees Celsius. Varanasi and Agra were the hottest places in the state yesterday with a high of 41.4 degrees followed by Hamirpur at 41.2 degrees Celsius, it said.