Pune: The rise in temperature in the city has made roads empty and crowded cold drink stalls a common sight. During afternoons, most people people remain holed up in air-conditioned houses and malls to escape the blazing heat. On Thursday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Pune recorded 40.8 degrees Celsius, so far the season’s highest temperature. Lohegaon reported 42 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
Scorching heat unlike earlier years
Visitors to the city noted that the soaring heat is becoming unbearable. Saswati Majumdar, who visited the city from Kolkata, said, “The weather in Kolkata is humid but the heat here is too much. We avoid going outside during afternoons or opt to visit a mall to beat the heat.”
Preeti Bagre, a resident of Bengaluru who has come to visit relatives does not intend to leave the house. “The weather in Bengaluru was very pleasant. Here the weather is dry and hot. I have lived in this city, but today the heat is unbearable, unlike before,” said Bagre.
Niraj Mulchandani, a cricket enthusiast from the city recently left the stadium due to soaring heat in the afternoon. “I was at the stadium watching the IPL. But the heat was so brutal that I could not stay there any longer. So I had to leave midway because it was increasingly becoming uncomfortable to stay out in the open in the afternoon,” said Mulchandani.
Katraj Zoo has taken measures
However, the heat has failed to deter the holiday spirit of families who come with children to visit Katraj Zoo, as zoo in-charge Rajkumar Jadhav said there was only a 20 per cent drop in number of visitors during afternoon hours.
However, the animals are distressed because of the soaring mercury. “The number of families visiting the zoo has reduced. The animals also face heat issues, but we have installed foggers and coolers for tigers, leopards and reptiles. These measures are taken throughout the summer to ensure comfortable stay of the animals,” said Jadhav.
Domestic pets too suffer due to heat
Manjusha Sasane, a pet owner, said the heat is troubling her dog as well. “Pets are not able to breath properly due to the scorching heat. We use a wet cloth to cover our dog’s lower body. But as the heat is increasing, we have to do this more than three times a day,” said Sasane.
IMD has noted that the weather in the city will remain hot in the coming week as well, with day temperatures touching 39 degrees Celsius and night temperature as high as 22 degrees Celsius. The sky is likely to remain mainly clear, noted IMD.
According to the IMD, the highest maximum temperature reported across Maharashtra on Thursday was 46 degrees Celsius at Chandrapur and the lowest minimum temperature was 19.4 degrees Celsius at Osmanabad.
With a heatwave-like situation in Vidarbha since last week, the IMD noted that the conditions may continue till May 11. Further on May 12, some places in Vidarbha may experience strong winds and thunderstorm while some pockets will continue to experience heatwave conditions.