Heatwave intensifies across nation; Maharashtra, Central India worst hit

WION Web Team New Delhi May 29, 2019, 12.52 PM(IST)

File photo: Passengers get water shower at a platform to beat the heat on a hot summer day at Nagpur Railway station. Photograph:( PTI )

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As per US-based weather forecast unit El Dorado, six out of 15 hottest cities in the world are from India this summer. 

The country continues to grapple with soaring temperatures with the national capital expected to witness over 45 degrees Celcius this week. Maharashtra and Vidarbha are witnessing the worst hit.

Tuesday's highest temperature was recorded in Chandrapur, Maharashtra registering a whopping 47.8 degrees. Nagpur recorded the second highest in a decade and this season's highest temperature at 47.5 degrees Celsius.

Rajasthan also saw temperatures clocking in over 45 degrees in various parts like Kota, Jaisalmer. 

As per US-based weather forecast unit El Dorado, six out of 15 hottest cities in the world are from India this summer season. 

Chandrapur (47.8°C), Nagpur Sonegaon (47.5°C), Bramhapuri (46.9°C), Wardha (46.5°C), Adilabad (46.3°C) and Banda (46.2°C) featured on the list which was topped by Cape St Francis, South Africa with 56.8°C.

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Delhi woke up to a hot Wednesday morning, with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature settled two notches below the season's average at 24.1 degrees Celsius, said a MeT department official.

"Heatwave conditions are expected in some pockets of the city with the temperature soaring up to 45 degrees. Such conditions exist when the maximum temperature goes up five degrees above the season's average," said the official. 

Meanwhile, Ramagundam in Peddapalli district of Telangana recorded 47.2-degree Celsius temperature, the highest in last 10 years, earlier this week.

Heatwave continues to thrash Southern states like Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The weather reported the temperature in Adilabad and Nalgonda at 45.8-degree Celsius. Khammam and Medak recorded 44.6 degrees Celsius and 44.8 degrees Celsius respectively.

Speaking to ANI, meteorologist Raja Rao said, "In few places, heat wave conditions are going to continue for a few more days. On Sunday, the heat wave in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh entered 23 days and 10 days, respectively."

In Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati recorded 44.8 degrees Celsius while Amaravati witnessed a slightly low of 43-degree Celsius."

Around two-thirds of the country simmers under sweltering heat. North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan are also under the grip of a heatwave.