The state may soon cross or touch the 40-degree Celsius mark as the region has been experiencing above-normal maximum temperatures. The neighboring states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Goa are under the grip of heat waves conditions.
Maharashtra may soon cross or touch the 40-degree mark as the region has been experiencing above normal maximum temperatures, unusually high for this time of the year.
It’s not just the neighboring states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Goa that are under the grip of heat wave conditions. Maharashtra, too, is having a hard time. What’s unusual is the fact that several coastal areas are facing extreme heatwave conditions. Soaring temperatures in Mumbai and several other parts of Maharashtra are beginning to ring alarm bells now.
February is never associated with heatwave conditions. However, in the last week of February itself, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a heatwave alert for Raigad and Ratnagiti districts of Maharashtra. The situation took a turn for the worse in March. The maximum temperature in several districts, such as Wardha, Washim, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Nagpur, and Chandrapur, among others, has crossed the 35-degree mark.
Mumbai is also reeling under intense heat. The IMD issued a heatwave warning within the first 10 days of the month. On March 12, the city recorded 39.4 degrees, the highest maximum temperature of the season so far.
In Mumbai’s Santacruz, the maximum temperature recorded was 39.4 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal for this time of the year and the highest maximum temperature to be recorded in the country on March 12.