The Mumbai Meteorological Department had issued a severe heatwave alert for Vidharbha and parts of North Maharashtra and Marathwada a few days earlier, and the condition is expected to remain the same for the next few days as well.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra witnessed its first casualty during the ongoing summer season due to the heatwave. A middle-aged woman lost her life, in Aurangabad, due to the severe heat.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pradeep Awate, Head of the infectious disease cell, said, “During the past few days, the temperatures in the state has seen a sudden rise. Owing to which, people are suffering from heat stroke. One woman lost her life, and 15 more patients are taking treatment in the hospital due to the heat stroke. As many as 13 patients have been admitted in the Nagpur and two from Marathwada.”
Mumbai also witnessed a sudden rise in the heat last week, and the mercury reached as high as 41 degree Celsius. On Sunday, the temperature in Pune also hit 41 degrees.
A heat wave occurs when the temperature is above 40 degrees or about 4.5 to 6.4 degrees above normal. A severe heatwave condition is witnessed when the maximum temperature is over 6.5 degrees above normal.
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