Bloody March: Heat Wave kills 5 in Maharashtra, India reeling under the burning sun

IMD has said that the prevailing winds and the lack of clouds were responsible for this searing heat wave

In what would terrify a whole lot of people venturing out of their homes, five people have died of heat stroke in Maharashtra. Even March hasn’t come to an end, and the scorching summer has already warned of the heat wave in several parts of the state, with the central and north districts in Maharashtra being severely affected.

There were also reports of the village Bhira in Maharashtra’s Raigad district to have recorded a searing 46.5 degrees, however, the Indian Meteorological Department doubted its authenticity reasoning its geographical location and the altitude from the mean sea level.

While the residents in Akola are suffering from 44.1 degrees temperature, Wardha, Nagpur and Chandrapur have recorded 43 degrees Celsius. Suffering the same fate are the many other people residing in several parts of India.

A teetering 43.4 degrees Celsius was recorded at Barmer in Rajasthan, while Narnaul in Haryana was boiling nine degrees above normal at 42 degrees. Varanasi, Allahabad, Hamirpur and Agra in Uttar Pradesh stood at 40 degrees, whereas the temperature in Ludhiana, Punjab was recorded seven degrees above normal; Delhi recorded the hottest day of the year at 38.2 degrees Celsius.

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.”

The weather forecast body had stated that the “maximum and minimum temperatures had risen over some parts of plains of northwest, west & central India and adjoining north peninsular India and are above normal by 4–6 degree celsius” reasoning that it was because of the “prevailing winds & clear sky conditions over northwest & adjoining central India and approaching western disturbance over western Himalayan region.”