Rising temperatures and soaring heat in the month of March in Maharashtra is an indication that this year’s summer will be harsh, particularly for the residents of Bhira.
According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on Tuesday (March 28) Bhira’s mercury rose to 46.5 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in India and second hottest in the world. The world’s highest temperature was recorded at 49.6 degrees in ‘Somoa’ a small town in New Zealand.
About 124km away from Mumbai, Bhira is a small village which falls in Raigad district of Maharashtra and is mainly known for hydra-electric plant.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, VK Rajeev, Director, IMD (Mumbai), said, “There is no heatwave in Maharashtra, but the temperature rise is being recorded due to warm wind which is blowing from the east. This situation is expected to continue for next few days.”
Meanwhile, this year’s summer temperature in Maharashtra is expected to be higher than usual. With Mumbai’s temperature soaring close to 39 degrees, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory to Mumbaikars. Its health department stated that Mumbaikars should avoid working between 12pm to 3.30pm in an open space, if possible.
SG Kamble, Director, IMD (Mumbai) said, “We are studying the heat pattern in Bhira. In the last three consecutive days, temperature has been above 43 degrees. Today also it’s reported to be around 46 degrees. It’s kind of a heatwave.”
According to Pune weather department, there is no heatwave in Maharashtra, but a few parts of Vidharbha and North-central Maharashtra are experiencing heatwave.
Due to the rise in mercury levels in the state, a nine-year-old boy, Ravidas Kejnekar, studying in class III died in Sillod, Aurangabad.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Ravindra Patil, a teacher from Little Wonders English School, Sillod said, “Some work is on in our school premises and a few students were standing nearby when all of a sudden, three kids collapsed. We immediately rushed them to primary health centre in unconscious state. Doctors informed Ravidas died due to heatwave.”
However, weathermen predict that there is no relief in days to come as mercury is all set to rise higher.