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Vidarbha another heat-sensitive pocket, may overtake Odisha

March 2, 2021 1:58 PM |

Vidarbha heatwave

Vidarbha region in Maharashtra is heating up more than the other 2 contiguous subdivisions of Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra. Konkan region sharing boundary with the Arabian Sea is troubled more with humidity than the dry heat. Vidarbha has recorded the highest temperature of this season yesterday and is nearly reeling with the heatwave. Nagpur, Akola, Wardha, Gondia and Yeotmal have all mercury touching 38-39°C and Chandrapur topping the list to register 39.8°C. Prior to this Odisha was the lone state witnessing oppressive heat with day temperature in excess of 40°C. Angul, Baripada and Bhubaneshwar continue scoring high, matching Vidarbha heat now.

Day temperature across the subdivision of Vidarbha continue soaring to stay 4-6°C above normal. There is no likelihood of immediate relief and contrarily few of the locations may touch or cross 40°C soon. Persistent dry winds and clear sky is accumulating heat raising discomfort index. Also, the proximity of wind discontinuity is resulting in light wind conditions disallowing the transfer of heat. As such the region remains far from reach of cooler winds from northern plains and equidistant from the east and west coast.

The subdivision of Vidarbha being landlocked will observe increased amount of heat in the coming days. 2nd half of March is expected to be much warmer than the 1st one. Though it is the rainiest pocket of Maharashtra in March but the monthly average is limited to 10mm. March 2020 was an exception when the subdivision was deluged with excess rain to the tune of 168% of the normal. Prior to that there was a hat trick of very poor rains between 2017 and 2019. March 2021 may also follow suit to remain relatively dry and hot.

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