5 dead in Maharashtra as mercury rises through parts of India

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Districts in central and north Maharashtra are worst affected. "Pune's average temperature is 36-37 degrees Celsius but now it has crossed 40 degrees Celsius".

Though Chandrapur in east Maharashtra remained hottest at 43.8 degrees Celsius, temperature in many parts rose between 1-2 degrees Celsius, which is negligible, it said. With mercury at 46.5°C, it is more than 7 degrees Celsius above normal for the city.

The temperatures have been relentless in other parts of the country too with five towns in Odisha sweltering with temperatures above 43 degree Celsius mark.

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"Though the temperatures were high, it does not satisfy the technical conditions of a heat wave".

Bhira in Maharashtra was India's hottest place at 46.5 degrees on Tuesday, while temperatures above 40 degrees were reported from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows.

The village Bhira in Raigad district has been in the headline, as a whooping high 46.5 degrees temperature was recorded there. Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded a high of 34.5 deg Celsius, three notches more than normal.

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Heatwave conditions continued for second day today in Rajasthan as several districts recorded maximum temperatures of 40°C and above. "As per current forecast, heat wave conditions will stay in north Gujarat region for another 24 hours", in-charge director of IMD Centre at Ahmadabad, Manorama Mohanty said. On Monday, the temperature in Ahmedabad had touched 42.8 degree Celsius, highest for the month of March in the last seven years. Narnaul was again hottest in Haryana at 41.5 degree Celsius. The temperature is now at 37 degrees, five degrees more than normal for this time of the year.

Officials said that when only an individual weather station reports a high temperature but not the surrounding ones, it is called the "local heat island effect".

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. We suspect that the hot winds on Tuesday afternoon could have raised the temperature.

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