With the southwest monsoon expected to arrive late, there seems to be no respite in sight for the Nagpurians from the blistering heat. Though maximum temperature dipped by 1.5 degree Celsius to settle at 43.9 degree Celsius on Saturday, it did not provide any respite to people.
In the afternoon, scattered clouds were seen but hot breeze made it hard to step out of the house. IMD stated temperature will remain high across the region till the arrival of monsoon. The region has been reeling under heatwave conditions for most of the summer. IMD officials have also warned that the heatwave conditions are only going to get harsher in the coming days.
People, who are going out of the house from 10 am to 12 pm are the most sufferers. Heat wave started piercing since 8 am in the morning and it troubled bike riders most, who cover face by scarf in a bid to save them from excessive heat. Met department said that heat wave would continue in most parts of Vidarbha including Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia, Wardha, Yavatmal and Amravati.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that severe heat wave is likely to grip the region from May 21. The region has been put under red zone for two days on May 21 and May 22. The mercury too is expected to touch 46 degree Celsius.
The minimum temperature too is hovering around 30 degree Celsius making the night uncomfortable. Even morning walkers are experiencing hot breeze.