Heatwave in MaharashtraDate: 02 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
Heatwaves are spreading over parts of Maharashtra including Vidarbha region, north-central Maharashtra and Marathwada region.
This is the second heatwave spell in Maharashtra in the month of March after a spell over coastal region.
The heatwave conditions are likely to persist until April 2. Many parts of Vidarbha have already seen temperatures soaring over 40 degree Celsius.
Heatwave is a condition in which the maximum temperature reaches at least 40 degrees Celsius or more for plains and at least 30 degrees Celsius or more for hilly regions.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declares a heatwave when maximum temperatures range between 4.5 and 6 degrees.
If maximum temperature departure over normal is over 6.4 degrees Celsius, a severe heatwave is declared.
The IMD declares heatwave and severe heatwave if the area records over 45 degrees and 47 degrees Celsius on any given day.
Reasons for the heatwave
Dry and hot winds from northwest region of India entering interior Maharashtra has caused temperatures to soar.
The temperatures have refused to come down due to lack of pre-monsoon showers in that part of the country.
March is usually the transition phase towards summers and temperatures rise gradually over time. However, heatwave started in early March.
Heatwaves are common is Northern plains between March and June. Such conditions occur mainly during month of May in Vidarbha region.
A heatwave spell is likely over the Northwest, Central and West India (including Konkan, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra).
There are chances of gradual rise in temperatures by 2-4°C over the next few days.