Pune: The highest maximum temperature recorded in the plains by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday was 43 degrees Celsius in Nandurbar in central Maharashtra. In Maharashtra, the lowest minimum temperature was recorded at 13.7 degrees Celsius in Nashik.
Last week, many cities in Maharashtra recorded maximum temperatures way above normal. With a heatwave-like situation in some parts of Konkan and soaring temperatures across Maharashtra, the average temperature in the State has increased.
IMD has further issued a heavy rainfall warning about rain or thundershowers likely to occur over Madhya Maharashtra on March 7, followed by rain or thundershowers over Madhya Maharashtra and Vidarbha on March 8. During these two days, mainly dry weather is likely over Konkan and Goa and Marathwada.
The maximum temperature recorded in Pune on Sunday was 35.3 degrees Celsius and the minimum was 18.4 degrees Celsius. IMD has predicted that Pune will experience a maximum temperature of around 35 degrees Celsius in the coming week, whereas the minimum temperature will be around 15 degrees Celsius.
Last year, IMD noted that there was 47 per cent probability of maximum temperatures in the core heatwave affected areas during 2017 pre-monsoon season. This in turn suggests that above normal moderate and severe heatwave conditions are likely in the core heatwave zone during the season.
For this year, IMD has predicted that there is about 52 per cent probability of grid point maximum temperatures in the core heatwave zone during March to May being above normal.
Comparison of March temperatures with last year
*Temp on March 13, 2017
* Nagpur==32.8 ==13.7
* Mumbai==30 ==21
*Temp on March 4, 2018
* Nagpur==36.4 ==19.7
* Mumbai==31.7 ==23.8