AHMEDABAD: After a prolonged period of below normal temperature in several parts of Gujarat till mid-March, the state recorded the first heatwave on Monday in coastal region of Surashtra, Kutch and south Gujarat. The heatwave condition will prevail on Tuesday as well, said Met department officials.
The citizens will soon have to seek solace in air-conditioners as the temperature is set to rise by 2 to 3 degrees celsius by the end of the week. Many citizens felt the intense heat on Monday during afternoons with light breeze.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, the heatwave conditions prevailed in Porbandar, Gir-Somnath, Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Kutch, Surat and Valsad districts on Monday. According to IMD, heatwave is defined as the local phenomenon where the temperature rises by 5 to 6 degrees celsius for a specific station or touches 37 degrees in coastal region and 40 degrees in inland region.
Mahuva near Bhavnagar reported the maximum temperature of 40.8°C, followed by Amreli (40°C), Veraval (39.8°C), Surat, Porbandar and Kandla (39.6°C), Diu (39.5°C) and Valsad (39.4°C).
Jayanta Sarkar, regional director, IMD, said that the heatwave condition will prevail on Tuesday as well in coastal regions of Gujarat namely Saurashtra, Kutch and south Gujarat. “There is no heatwave indication for Ahmedabad as of now. According to our forecast for the summer 2019, the year will have normal or slightly higher than normal frequency of heatwave occurrance for the region,” he said.
Northwesterly to northern winds are prevailing at lower levels over the region, providing a bit of solace from the heat. The maximum temperature is likely to touch 39°C and minimum 21°C, making the nights hotter as well.