Heat wave hits several states, Maharashtra's Bhira town hits 46.5 degrees

Respite from heat not far away IMD

Respite from heat not far away IMD

"Wednesday's maximum temperature in Delhi was 39.6 degrees Celsius, which was six degrees above normal... from the current trend, it could be said that within next few days Delhi will see heatwave", Mahesh Palawat, Director at private weather forecaster Skymet, told IANS.

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.

Akola was the hottest place in India with a maximum temperature of 44 degree Celsius while Titlagarh in Odisha was a close second recording 43.8 degrees. Up to now people in this region does not experience normal temperature also, but now they are encountering with more than normal temperature. This heat wave is also spread to Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan states, due to that temperature have increased in those places also.

It's not officially summers yet and the temperatures are breaking records in India.

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According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), regions of the states suffering the heatwaves include Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Malegaon in nashik district experienced hot weather condition as the highest and lowest temperatures stood at 43 degrees Celsius and 24.6 degree Celsius, respectively. 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. On Monday, the temperature in Ahmedabad had touched 42.8 degree Celsius, highest for the month of March in the last seven years.

Searing weather is gripping large parts of the country, with temperatures soaring past 46 degrees C in parts of Maharashtra as uninterrupted solar radiation is taking its toll, but some rain-bearing clouds can cool the country by the end of this week. In Rajasthan, Barmer was the hottest with mercury touching 43.4 degrees Celsius while Narnaul in Haryana sizzled at 42 degrees, nine degrees above normal. The maximum temperature in Jammu dropped by a degree to settle at 33 degrees Celsius, still four degrees above normal.

The IMD had yesterday, said, "The change in the direction of northerly winds avoided further escalation of temperature". Uttarakhand capital Dehradun registered 35.8 degree Celsius.

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