‘Feel the heat’ – is not just an idiom for Nagpurkars anymore. As the temperature hit 44.3 degree Celsius on Thursday, the citizens literally felt the heat. Nagpur saw a record high as the temperature rose 2.8 degrees above normal. It was the hottest day of the season so far.
The city of Akola was ranked as the second hottest city in India, according to the list of ‘Top 10 hottest cities in India’ as published by Skymet Weather. The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 46.3 degree Celsius on Thursday, which was 4.6 degrees more than the usual. Brahmpuri, Wardha and Chandrapur came next in the list, consecutively. The temperature of Brahmpuri and Wardha was record 45.5 degree Celsius whereas Chandrapur’s was 45.4 degree Celsius.
Extreme and intense heatwave warnings have been issued by the meteorological department in the city of Nagpur and most parts of Vidarbha. The forecast of The Regional Meteorological Department (RMC) indicates that the temperatures will escalate two-to-three degree Celsius in the next couple of days in certain areas of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Vidarbha.
RMC further added that Nagpur, Akola, Chandrapur, Nagpur and Wardha will bear the brunt of heatwaves from April 26 – 28. Most parts of Vidarbha will see the temperature rise up to 45 degrees Celsius and more. Akola and Chandrapur will witness record high temperature of 46 degree Celsius while the others will be at 45 degrees Celsius.
The department has issued precautionary measures to be taken by citizens in order to deal with the heatwave which will prevail for the next two days. “Being exposed to heat for a prolonged period might cause health ailments among vulnerable people like infants, elderly and people with chronic diseases. Drink sufficient water even if not thirsty. Consume Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk, etc to keep yourself hydrated,” RMC stated.
Information source: timesofindia
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