Friday, 20 October, 2017

`Basalt rock radiation' may be heating up Bhira: IMD

Bhira Maharashtra @ 46.5°C Heat wave subsides in Maharashtra: IMD
Tracy Craig | 04 April, 2017, 05:00

Those doing the temperature mapping at Bhira are not the employees of IMD though they were trained by the agency, he said, adding, "We will visit the location and find out why such a high temperature is being recorded".

According to the weather office, Anantapuramu, Kadapa and Kurnool in Rayalaseema have been registering temperature of around 40 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Jammu dropped by a degree to settle at 33 degrees Celsius, still four degrees above normal. It is advisable to stay put during the afternoon hours.

Meanwhile, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Chandrakant Patil said that the government has issued advisory of "Do's" and "Dont's" for the public to follow in view of the heat wave like conditions in the state. It is the hottest day of the year yet in Delhi, with the temperature six degrees above normal at 38.2 degrees Celsius.

"Departure (Change) in maximum temperature is moderate while in minimum temperature, it is negligible". In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla recorded a maximum temperature at 25.1 degrees Celsius, 7.5 degrees above normal. Great amounts of cool fluids must be taken to battle off the hot weather over the region. Due to this, even the night temperatures are also settling way above normal.

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Mumbai: Unusually hot conditions with temperatures hovering above 40 degrees Celsius in large parts of Maharashtra in the past 72 hours have claimed at least five lives so far. In Rajasthan, Barmer was the hottest with mercury touching 43.4 degrees Celsius while Narnaul in Haryana sizzled at 42 degrees, nine degrees above normal.

"Though the temperatures were high, it does not satisfy the technical conditions of a heat wave". Presently, the heatwave condition continues to prevail over three states - Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

IMD has invited all the stake holders including the officials from the state health departments, disaster management and others in order to plan ways to tackle heatwave this year. The IMD and National Disaster Management Authority are in talks with other states to implement relief plans.

The death toll due to heatwave stood at more than 700 past year and the IMD s making concerted efforts to ensure last mile connectivity for dissemination of information and to reduce the number of such casualties.

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