Most parts of Gujarat continued to reel under severe heat wave conditions Wednesday, with Ahmedabad recording the maximum temperature of 46.9 degrees Celsius, city’s hottest day since 2010, the Meteorological Department said. While Kandla airport recorded 48.4 degree Celsius, temperatures in several cities across the state broke this year’s record. “Severe heat wave conditions continue in most parts of north Gujarat and Kutch region, which means in many parts the temperature may go up to 47 degrees Celsius. The condition is likely to continue till May 21,” Jayanta Sarkar, director of Ahmedabad meteorological centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD), said.
The maximum temperature recorded in Ahmedabad Wednesday was 46.9 degrees Celsius, the highest in the last six years. In 2010, the city had recorded the highest temperature of 46.8 degrees Celsius, he added. Idar in Sabarkantha district recorded 47.6 degrees celsius while in Gandhinagar, it was 47 degrees Celsius, the IMD data said. Sarkar said the severe heat wave condition was caused due to the movement of north westerly wave. “We have issued a red alert, which will continue till tomorrow. We can get some respite from May 21 because of westerly movement of wind, which is expected to bring moisture,” he said.
Heatstroke claimed one more life in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Sajeda Bano, a 47-year-old woman from Surat, died due to heatstroke in V S hospital. She was returning from Ajmer by train when she was affected by the heat. This is the third death reported in Ahmedabad in the last three days. Besides, two new heatstroke cases were reported Wednesday: A 65-year-old woman from Ranip and a 45-year-old man from Naroda were admitted to AMC’s VS hospital after they were hit by heatstroke.
In the last one week, a total of 23 heatstroke patients have been admitted to VS Hospital. Out of these, 18 are from Ahmedabad city and five from other parts of the state.
Among other districts, Deesa recorded 46.7 degrees Celsius, Amreli 46.6 degrees Celsius, Rajkot 45.7 degrees Celsius, Bhuj 45.6 degrees Celsius and Vadodara 44.6 degrees Celsius. The temperature in Ahmedabad is expected to cross 46 degrees Celsius Thursday. “It’d be difficult to analyse today’s temperatures with previous year records at this point, but certainly it is among the highest recorded at several places this year,” said an IMD official. The state is already under heat wave red alert, issued by the IMD last week.