Puneites Brace for Blistering Summer Ahead as IMD Warns of Heatwave

El Nino Effect Amplifies Concerns as Mercury Set to Surge Beyond 40-42 Degrees Celsius

Pune residents are gearing up for scorching temperatures ahead as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issues a stern warning of an impending heatwave gripping the city and surrounding districts. With the El Nino effect exacerbating climatic conditions, particular regions including Pune, Sindhudurg, Nasik, Dhule, Kolhapur, Solapur, and Nandurbar are bracing for exceptionally harsh weather conditions this summer, with mercury levels expected to soar higher than normal.

According to Dr. K S Hosalikar, additional director general of IMD Pune, the forthcoming summer is poised to be more challenging compared to previous years, with a staggering 80 percent probability of temperatures surpassing seasonal averages. Notably, warmer nights are anticipated, posing potential health risks to residents as increased nighttime temperatures can exacerbate dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

Addressing concerns over rising night temperatures, Dr. Hosalikar emphasized the importance of adequate hydration and caution against heat-related ailments. With nighttime temperatures expected to hover around 25 to 26 degrees Celsius, residents are urged to prioritize hydration and take necessary precautions to mitigate the risk of heatstroke and dehydration.

Echoing the IMD’s warning, Dr. Hosalikar cautioned that maximum temperatures could surpass 40 degrees Celsius, with the possibility of even reaching 42 degrees Celsius during the peak of summer. Stressing the need for vigilance throughout the month of April, he highlighted the likelihood of prolonged heatwaves, urging residents to remain vigilant and adopt measures to combat the sweltering conditions.

As Pune braces for a hotter-than-usual summer, IMD’s predictions indicate a prolonged period of elevated temperatures from April to June, with temperatures expected to remain above normal. The warning serves as a timely reminder for residents to prepare adequately and take proactive measures to safeguard against the adverse effects of extreme heat.

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