Severe Heatwave Grips Bihar: Temperatures Soar to 46.1°C with Further Rise Expected

Bihar Heatwave: Schools Closed in Patna, Relief Anticipated with Upcoming Monsoon
Shambhavi Gupta

Patna: Bihar is facing an intense heatwave with the highest temperatures record that haven’t been seen in over 55 years. Altogether 10 districts, including capital city Patna, faced severe heatwave and two more faced heatwaves on Sunday.

Places like Aurangabad recorded extreme temperatures of 44.8 degrees Celsius, while Patna crossed 43.5 degrees Celsius. Buxar was the hottest district on Sunday, with a temperature nearing 46.1 degrees Celsius.

Forecasts suggest the temperature could rise by an additional 4 degrees Celsius in the next 72 hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts no relief from the heatwave till June 11, with an alert of heatwave in 20 districts of the state. Alerts have been issued for Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Bhojpur, Arwal, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Kaimur, and Buxar, while a yellow alert has been set up for Patna, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Gaya, Nawada, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Munger, Begusarai, Khagaria, and West Champaran.

The IMD predicts the onset of southwest monsoon between June 13 and June 15 in north-eastern districts.