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Three Maha districts sizzle at highest 47.2 degree C; heatwave

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Press Trust of India Mumbai
The IMD has issued a heat wave warning for North Central Maharashtra and Marathwada regions for Sunday and Monday at a time when Akola, Parbhani and Chandrapur districts in Vidarbha region recorded the highest temperature in the country at 47.2 degree Celsius Saturday.
As mercury climbed up, Amravati and Wardha, also in Vidarbha region of east Maharashtra, sizzled at 46 degree Celsius each while Yavatmal, Parbhani, Nanded, Jalgaon and Ahmednagar districts each recorded 45 degree Celsius temperature.
Aurangabad, Nanded and Buldana have reported higher than normal temperature in the last some decades, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated in a report.
It also said that Marathwada region would receive thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds.
Nashik, Pune, Ahmednagar and Jalgaon districts would witness a heat wave along with warm night conditions.
"It would be felt in some isolated pockets. On the other hand, the south Madhya Maharashtra would face thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds with the speed reaching 30-40 km per hour at isolated places in the districts of Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur," the IMD said.
The trough from the above cyclonic circulation to south Konkan now runs across Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra, it stated.
There is no warning of a heatwave for south Konkan and South Madhya Maharashtra for Monday.
"At 47.2 degree Celsius, the three districts of Akola, Parbhani and Chandrapur in Vidarbha have recorded the highest temperature in the country, where the recorded temperature was above 5 degree Celsius of the normal," the IMD said.
As per the met norms, if the departure in temperature is between 4.5 degree Celsius to 6.4 degree Celsius from the normal, it is considered as a heat wave.
Except Ahmednagar where departure was of + 6 degree Celsius, the departure in other districts was between 2-4 degree Celsius which is considered as normal.

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First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 8:50 PM IST

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