Heat wave scorches central India

The India Meteorological Department issued a Red Alert — the highest warning level — as temperatures soared to up to 47 degrees Celsius in some parts of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region and central India.

The alert will remain in place till Wednesday, according to IMD deputy director general ML Sahu.

However, cyclone Fani which is likely to hit the Odisha coast in the next few days would carry moisture to the extremely dry regions in central India and provide some relief from the current heat wave though temperatures would continue to remain high.

The highest temperatures recorded by were in Akola 46.9 degrees; Nagpur and Amravati both 46.8 degrees; Chandrapur 46.6 degrees; in the 45 degrees bracket were Wardha, Yavatmal and Washim; Gondiya, Buldhana and Gadchiroli recorded 43 degrees.

With the Red Alert issued, all agencies are in a state of preparedness to tackle any emergencies arising among the people affected by high temperatures.

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