The Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of Maharashtra will continue to sizzle in heatwave conditions till June 7, the IMD warned Monday. There will be no respite for Madhya Maharashtra also as the region will experience heatwave Tuesday as well, said the regional office of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
It means, except the coastal Konkan region, entire Maharashtra will be in grip of a heatwave, which essentially means the maximum temperature of more than 40 degrees Celsius. Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in isolated pockets of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra, the IMD said. While the heatwave would continue till Friday in most parts of the state, the maximum temperature would rise further in western Vidarbha Thursday and Friday, it said. Meanwhile, Nagpur, the biggest city in Vidarbha, Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius, the highest in the state, according to the IMD.
The minimum temperature in the orange city stood at 29.7 degrees Celsius, which was slightly higher than the normal. The other districts in Vidarbha which recorded 45 or above degrees Celsius temperature were: Amravati (45.4 degrees Celsius), Akola (45.9), Chandrapur (45.8), Wardha (46.8) and Yavatmal (45 degrees Celsius). Large swathes of Maharashtra are already reeling under acute water shortage and thousands of tankers are supplying drinking water to rural parts of the state. The situation is not going to change anytime soon as the heatwave is going to be prevalent in the parched regions in the current week also, said an IMD official.
(With inputs from agencies.)