Solapur Sizzles at 39 Degrees Celsius as Maharashtra Braces for Sweltering Heat

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As temperatures soar across Maharashtra, Solapur leads the pack with scorching temperatures reaching 39 degrees Celsius, indicating the arrival of extreme heat. Other major cities like Pune, Thane, and Kolhapur also experience a steady rise, peaking at 37.4 degrees Celsius by midweek. Despite a slight dip from the previous day, the heat remains intense throughout the morning, slowing down activity in bustling markets and streets.

In Marathwada, West Maharashtra, and Madhya Maharashtra, the average maximum temperature hovers around 36 degrees Celsius. Coastal areas battle not only heat but also humidity, with cities like Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Alibaug, and Konkan experiencing muggy conditions throughout the day, adding to discomfort.

Unexpectedly, Vidarbha encounters unseasonal rain and cloudy weather, providing temporary relief from rising temperatures. However, coastal regions continue to endure hot weather, with Santacruz recording a blistering 38.7 degrees Celsius.

As the region grapples with escalating heatwaves, water scarcity emerges as a critical issue. By mid-March, acute shortages affect Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Bihar, Nagaland, and Marathwada in Maharashtra. The Central Water Commission’s assessment of 150 major reservoirs reveals dwindling water reserves, raising concerns, especially in areas surrounding Ujani, Jayakwadi, and Koyna dams. This alarming situation poses threats to agriculture, fishing, and industrial water usage, necessitating urgent conservation and management measures to utilize available resources effectively before conditions worsen.