Anantapuramu city recorded a 1.6 degree increase in temperature in the last two days, with todays reading being 41.3 degree Celsius. "It indicates that the moderate heat wave in isolated parts of the state has subsided", he said. And for next 2-3 days, such hot weather will prevail over the region.
The town of Churu in Rajasthan was the hottest with a temperature of 42.4 degree Celsius. But, on very first day of April, it was 38.5 degrees celsius - significantly above normal. Despite the annually repeating hazard, only Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana have Heat Wave Action Plans that are at least somewhat active, The Hindu reported on Tuesday.
Many other parts of India are suffering record temperatures at the start of summer.
"As predicted, the heat wave in Maharashtra has subsided with most of the regions reporting a minor rise in the day and night temperature", the Meteorological department said in a release.
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The private weather company said many regions of coastal Maharashtra are witnessing heatwave like conditions due to persistent blow of dry and hot winds from the north direction. This has led the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to issue warning of heat wave in parts of north Maharashtra. "Yesterday, the highest temperature in the state was recorded at around 43 degrees Celsius at several places including Khargone, Khajuraho, Ratlam, Naugaon, Damoh and Hoshangabad, while the lowest temperature of 17 degrees Celsius was recorded in Rewa and Betul districts", an official said.
According to the IMD data, Malegaon, Nagpur, Chandrpur and Wardha had all recorded 43 degrees and were among the hottest parts of the state. The maximum temperature at Allahabad and Hamirpur also crossed the 40 degrees mark, the MeT said.
On Monday, the temperature in Ahmedabad touched 42.8 degrees, breaking a seven-year record for the month of March. The temperature is now at 37 degrees, five degrees more than normal for this time of the year.
Meanwhile, official agencies and NGOs have advised people of the state to refrain from venturing outdoors between 1200-1700 hours, ensure sufficient intake of liquids, especially for children, proper protective clothing from the harsh sunrays and other precautionary measures to avoid heatstrokes, which can be fatal. Uttarakhand capital Dehradun registered 35.8°C.