Met dept sounds heatwave alert for Indore, other parts

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 14:11 IST
A mother covers her child with a handkerchief to protect him from the blazing sun in Indore. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

The MP meteorological department on Wednesday predicted a heatwave in Indore, Ujjain, Ratlam, Neemuch and Khargone districts for the next couple of days.

Seven of the 10 divisions in the state, including Indore, are expected to reel under the heatwave.

Issuing an “orange alert” for the next three days, the department said day temperature is likely to hover between 43.1 degrees Celsius and 46.5 degrees Celsius. Met department’s regional head Anupam Kashyapi has asked people to avoid moving out in the sun from 11am to 4pm.

On Wednesday, Indore breached a 10-year-old record as it registered a maximum temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal. Hot, westerly winds blew at the speed of 30 kilometres an hour.

According to local weather bureau, Indore recorded an all-time high maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius in 1994. In 2006, the maximum temperature touched the 43.6 degree-mark. Due to lack of records between 1999 and 2006, Wednesday’s maximum temperature has been considered the highest since 2006.

South-west Madhya Pradesh reeled under hot winds which blew from Rajasthan desert area for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday. HT brings weather report from Indore’s surrounding districts.

RATLAM: The city on Wednesday recorded a maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius, the highest this season. Day temperatures have hovered around 44.6 degrees Celsius over the past one week. Nights have been equally warm with mercury touching 27 degrees Celsius. Though no deaths were reported, cases of dehydration, vomiting and diarrhoea have increased.

KHARGONE: The maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius, the highest day temperature this season, kept people indoors. The minimum temperature of 31.5 degrees Celsius was also highest this season.

UJJAIN: Pilgrims at Simhastha suffered from scorching heat as mercury touched 43.5 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The minimum temperature stayed around 26 degrees Celsius, making nights warmer.

KHANDWA: Heat wave intensified on Wednesday with Khandwa’s maximum temperature touching 43.5 degrees Celsius mark. Local weatherman said the temperature is likely to reach 45 degrees Celsius in next 48 hours, while the minimum is expected to remain around 28 degrees Celsius. Several water bodies have dried.

DHAR: The city recorded the highest day temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Residents stayed off the roads. Those who moved out covered their faces to avoid sun stroke. As water bodies dried up, water tankers were deployed in large numbers across the city.

DEWAS: Day and night temperature have risen by five degrees Celsius in the past one week. Though the maximum temperature remained around 44 degrees Celsius at most places, it crossed the mark in Bagli, Kannod and Khategoan. Water resources in rural areas have been majorly affected.

SHAJAPUR/ AGAR-MALWA: Shajapur recorded a maximum temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius. Day temperature of Agar-Malwa at 45 degrees Celsius made residents stay indoors. Local weatherman said heat wave will intensify in coming days.

(Inputs from Chhotu Shastri, D K Sharma, Nitin Gupta, Pramod Carpenter, Sandeep Vatsa, Sunil Kerhalkar and Yadavendra Singh, Ramesh Dhagat)

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