The Met department has predicted severe heat wave conditions for the next 48 hours.
Heat waves continued to shatter temperature records in many parts of west, central and north India even as the country recorded the first heat deaths of the season, very unusual in the month of March, on Thursday.
The scorching conditions across the state, which has seen temperatures touch 46.5 degrees Celsius in Bhira in Raigad district and 44 degrees in Akola, was also raised in the legislative council on Thursday.
Two people have already died of sunstroke in the state which is very unusual for the month of March.
“Two people, one each in Aurangabad and Solapur districts, are reported to have died. We have asked all civil and sub-district hospitals to revive wards for summer- heat related ailments,” Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant said.
A Maharashtra health official denied some media reports about five heat wave deaths in the state and said, “Deaths due to other causes could have been counted and connected with the heat wave.”
Health Department has issued following advisory to people:
Drink plenty of fluids and water.
Wear lose cotton, light coloured clothing.
Use umbrella, scarves, dark glasses while going out.
Keep children indoors between 12 and 3 p.m.
Finish all work requiring physical labour by 12 noon.