Heatwave continues unabated

Heatwave continues unabated

Heatwave continues unabated

Heatwave conditions continued unabated in many parts of India on Saturday while showers brought some respite to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where nearly 2,000 people have died over the last two weeks.

There was no relief from the heatwave in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and other states. Neither was there any relief from the heat in parts of the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in Maharashtra.

Chandrapur in Maharashtra was the hottest place, with a maximum temperature at 48 degree Celsius—the highest recorded in the state so far, and two points higher than Friday’s 46 degrees—though there has been no officially recorded heatwave casualty in the state so far.

Nagpur followed with 47 degrees Celsius while Wardha stood at 46 degrees.

The temperature in coastal areas like Mumbai remained constant at 35 degrees on Saturday. A surprise cloud cover during the day over Mumbai and parts of coastal Konkan areas brought some relief.

Despite showers and thunderstorms providing some relief, the day temperatures in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana remained higher than average with couple of towns sizzling at 47 degree Celsius. Showers and thunderstorms brought much-needed relief to people in the two Telugu-speaking states reeling under scorching summer temperatures for the last two weeks.

However, the day temperatures remained high in parts of the two states. Meteorologists have warned that heatwave conditions may continue in Telangana for another 24 hours till Sunday evening.

Isolated rain on Friday night brought some relief to people in Telangana but have not cooled down the weather.

The maximum temperature at many places continued to be three to five degrees above average.

The heatwave, the worst in decades, has claimed 1,979 lives in the two states. Andhra Pradesh bore the brunt with 1,490 deaths while 489 people died in Telangana. 

The heatwave continued unabated in Rajasthan on Saturday, with Kota recording a maximum temperature of 44.5 degree Celsius, said the Met Department. State capital Jaipur recorded 43.7 degree Celsius—3 degrees above normal.

According to weather department officials, the state is not likely to see much change in temperature in the next 24 hours to Sunday evening while heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in the eastern part of the state.

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