Pune: At least 11 weather stations of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), most of them in Vidarbha, recorded day temperatures above 45°C.
“Akola and Nagpur recorded severe heatwave as the temperature there touched 47°C on Monday. Vidarbha is likely to record severe heatwave conditions during May 25-27, followed by heatwave conditions on May 28, while Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada are likely to record heatwave conditions at isolated places till May 27,” Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD, Pune, told TOI.
Heatwave was also recorded in Satara, Parbhani, Nanded, Chandrapur and Wardha, among other places, where the day temperatures crossed 45°C on Monday.
In Shivajinagar, the day’s maximum temperature was 40.1°C, as much as 3.9°C above normal. The mercury climbed to 41°C, five degrees above normal, in Lohegaon. As a result, Pune city experienced “near-heatwave” conditions on Monday.
Kashyapi said super cyclone Amphan had depleted all the moisture from Vidarbha, adjoining Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra, causing a steep rise in day temperature and heatwave.
“Other factors working in tandem is the drying up of soil (mainly black cotton soil) because of lack of summer rain. The wind pattern is also north-northwesterly and northwesterly, meaning winds are flowing into the state from the hot regions of Gujarat, Rajasthan and other land areas and pushing up the temperatures here. There is no possibility of rain during the next two to three days, which will aid the heatwave conditions to persist for another couple of days in parts of the state,” said Kashyapi.