Maharashtra: Scorching summer causes rise in heatstroke cases, 240 reported since March

Maharashtra: Scorching summer causes rise in heatstroke cases, 240 reported since March

Maharashtra: Scorching summer causes rise in heatstroke cases, 240 reported since March

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The state has experienced a scorching summer this year, with temperatures often exceeding 40°C. However, no suspected or confirmed heatstroke-related deaths have been reported. In light of the election season, the state health department has issued three advisories to prevent mass gatherings during peak afternoon hours.

Despite these advisories, political leaders and star campaigners continued to hold rallies in the afternoon. Fortunately, recent pre-monsoon showers have brought significant relief to politicians, campaigners, and the general public. The unseasonal rainfall has helped lower the temperatures and increased moisture content in the air, reducing the heat.


State health department officials have observed that the total number of heatstroke cases this month is unlikely to rise much due to the rains. They reported encountering only one or two heatstroke patients per week. In Pune, a total of 10 patients were identified in April and May combined. The recent rains and windy weather have significantly reduced the scorching temperatures, bringing much-needed relief.

The pre-monsoon showers have not only provided relief from the heat but also helped in dropping day temperatures below 40°C. This change in weather is expected to continue benefiting the general public and those involved in election activities.