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At 47.8°C, Chandrapur hottest in India 3rd time in a month; brace for heat wave

While the day temperature at Chandrapur and Brahmapuri were 4.5 degree Celsius above normal, it was 3 degree Celsius above normal at Nagpur.

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2018 00:56 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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The day temperature recorded in Mumbai on Saturday was a degree Celsius above normal. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Chandrapur, Brahmapuri and Nagpur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra recorded the highest maximum temperature in the country on Saturday at 47.8, 47.1 and 46.2 degrees Celsius respectively, said officials from the weather bureau.

While the day temperature at Chandrapur and Brahmapuri were 4.5 degree Celsius above normal, it was 3 degree Celsius above normal at Nagpur.

While the India Meteorological Department (IMD) could not give a comparison with other locations globally for highest temperatures, as they only collate country-wide data, according to – a private weather information website from USA – the top six hottest locations in the world were from India with Chandrapur, Brahmapuri and Nagpur ranked 1, 2 and 3 as the hottest locations globally on Saturday.

The other locations were – Damoh in Madhya Pradesh at 46 degrees Celsius, Bundi in Rajasthan at 45.6 degrees Celsius and Wardha in Maharashtra at 45.6 degrees Celsius.

Chandrapur was identified as the hottest location in India on April 30 and on May 12. This is the third time in less than a month that the area has been deemed hottest in the country.

IMD officials said Vidarbha region was experiencing heat wave conditions and isolated pockets such as Chandrapur and Brahmapuri were experiencing severe heat wave conditions. A severe heat wave warning is issued, when temperatures are expected to be above 47 degrees Celsius or 6.5 degree Celsius above normal.

“We had issued a heat wave warning for Vidarbha on Thursday itself and severe heat wave warnings for some locations on Friday. Similar conditions are expected to continue for the next three days in this region, and citizens are requested to stay indoors,” said Mrutunjay Mohapatra, head of climate services, IMD, New Delhi. “With north westerly winds bringing in dry heat over this region, hardly any moisture is allowing temperatures to escalate further.”

Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded the day temperature a degree Celsius above normal on Saturday. Santacruz and Colaba recorded 34.7 and 34.6 degrees Celsius as the day temperature. The night temperature on Saturday at the suburbs was 27.1 degrees Celsius, close to the normal mark, and south Mumbai recorded 28 degrees Celsius, almost a degree Celsius above normal. Colaba recorded high humidity levels at 80% and Santacruz recorded 65%. A clear sky has been predicted for today.

First Published: May 20, 2018 00:56 IST