Maharashtra: Heat wave grips Vidharbha, Chandrapur sizzles at 46.8 degrees Celsius

Maharashtra is reeling under a severe heat wave. The Vidharbha region has already crossed the 45.6 degree Celsius mark. Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district has recorded the highest temperature 46.8 degrees as of Monday evening

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As the mercury is soars at 45 degrees Celsius, Vidharbha and Marathwada region of Maharashtra, are battling with the severe heat wave conditions. Chandrapur district has already touched 46 degrees, with Bhahmapuri reaching the top of the list in Maharashtra recorded temperature around 46.8-degree Celsius.

Temperatures across Vidharbha region

  • Chandrapur – 46 degrees Celsius
  • Bhamhapuri (Chandrapur district) 46.8 degrees Celsius
  • Nagpur – 45.6 degrees Celsius
  • Akola – 44 degrees Celsius
  • Buldhana – 40 degrees Celsius
  • Gadchiroli – 44.8 degrees Celsius
  • Gondia – 42.8 degrees Celsius
  • Yavatmal – 44.5 degrees Celsius
  • Amravati – 44.2 degrees Celsius

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Director of Nagpur-based Regional Meteorological Centre, Avinash Thate, said, “The heat conditions have not raised suddenly. Since April 15, there is a gradual rise in temperature. The rise in temperature is due to the dry spell in the region. We have issued the warning so that people can take due precaution to protect themselves from the heat.”

An officer from the meteorological department, Nagpur, said, though the mercury has touched 46 degrees, there is nothing to worry if people take due precautions.

But not only Vidharbha, Marathwada region is also facing similar heat wave conditions.

Osmanabad – 42.6 degrees Celsius

Beed – 43 degrees Celsius

Ways to help prevent heat exhaustion or heatstroke

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially before and during exercise. It is recommend to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, fruit juices are add-ons
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers; make sure you are adequately rested
  • Eat light, hydrating and nutritious meals – cucumber, watermelon, coconut, bell peppers are high in water content, and should be consumed
  • Wear light-coloured and loose clothing, preferably in cotton fabric
  • Sprinkle water over skin or clothes when outdoors for prolonged hours
  • Avoid venturing out in the sun between 11am and 3pm, using an umbrella or a cap is advisable
  • Avoid consuming excess alcohol, sugary drinks and too much caffeine, as they cause extreme dehydration
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, in a small room or outdoors during hot hours
  • Never leave kids or older adults in a parked car without ventilation
  • Watch for signs of dehydration in kids and elderly people