PUNE: Many cities in the State are witnessing warmer days with mercury touching 40 degrees Celsius and beyond. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) further predicted heat wave conditions till April 30 in Vidarbha and dry weather in other parts of the State, hinting that temperatures will rise further.
On Tuesday, a maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature of 16.7 degree Celsius was reported in Pune in the State.
Pune on Thursday recorded a maximum temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 16.7 degrees Celsius. The temperature in the city will remain around 39 degrees Celsius in the coming week, according to the IMD. The sky will remain clear during the same time.
Across the country, the highest maximum temperature was recorded over the plains at 44.5 degree Celsius at Ganganagar in west Rajasthan. Hailstorm occurred over Gangtok in Sikkim on Tuesday. Also, squalls occurred over Agartala in Tripura on Thursday. Squall was reported in Guwahati, Assam, and also in Meghalaya and Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, on Thursday.
The IMD has forecast that heavy rains are likely to occur at isolated places over Nicobar Islands, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal and Sikkim on April 30.
Thunderstorms accompanied with squall are likely at isolated places over Bihar. Also, thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds is likely at isolated places over Jharkhand during the same time.