May 18, 2016 2:47:54 am
WITH THE temperature in the city and state hovering around 40 degree Celsius and above, the state’s Disaster Management Cell has taken a cautious approach with the meteorological department issuing a heat wave advisory for the period May 17-21 in many parts of the state.
The cell, in a letter issued to all the district collectors in the state, has stated that due care be taken during the heat wave conditions and people be advised on dos and don’ts during this period, especially in areas such as Vidarbha, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra.
“We have been issuing advertisements and will be soon starting radio jingles to increase awareness on heat wave conditions. This is the first time that the state is going through such a heat wave condition. This year, the met department has already said it is the hottest year in the century and with less pre-monsoon showers, the temperatures in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions are higher than 43 degree celsius. Last year, there were many reported deaths due to heat wave conditions in Rajasthan and other parts of the state. We want to take all precautions and reach out to the people to take due care during these days,” said director of the state’s Disaster Management Cell Sujas Diwase.
The regional met centre from Mumbai had intimated the state regarding the heat wave conditions with temperatures slated to go higher than 45 degree Celsius. The entire state would see the rise in temperatures especially in the Vidarbha region and Madhya Maharashtra region in the coming days, said the met department.
For Pune, however, director of weather section IMD Pune Sunita Devi, said that the temperature will be around 40 degree Celsius initially and then, there will be a slight dip with it finally falling to 38 degree Celsius. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was 40.9 degree celsius. The humidity level too is slightly on the higher side, she said, because of the cloud cover as there is convection from the south.
This year, the highest temperature was recorded on May 3, which was 41 degree Celsius for the city. “There might be some thunder showers in the coming days due to moisture incursion, however, the temperature will go up again,” said Devi. The highest temperature for the city in the last 10 years has been 41. 9 degree Celsius and the highest-ever recorded temperature has been on May 7, 1889 at 43.3 degree Celsius.
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