No respite to Puneites from scorching heat

Namrata Devikar
Monday, 29 April 2019

Sun continues to blaze in the city, temperature reaches 43 degrees Celsius mark

PUNE: It seems like a rumour of yesteryear when Pune was known for its pleasant weather. On Sunday, this rumour was shattered when the Met department noted the day temperature in the city at 43 degrees Celsius. 

The weather across the country seems worse as the highest day temperature in the country was reported at Khargaon, Madhya Pradesh at 47.5 degrees Celsius and for the State at 47.2 degrees Celsius at Akola, Parbhani and Chandrapur.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heatwave conditions prevailed on Sunday at many places over Vidarbha and at some places over Saurashtra and Kutch and in isolated pockets over West Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra.

IMD has predicted that the increase in heat will continue in Maharashtra till April 30. According to the prediction by IMD, Pune city may witness a dip in temperature to 41 degrees Celsius on April 29 and thereby decrease in temperature till 38 degrees Celsius in this week.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Anupam Kashyapi, Head of Weather at IMD Pune, said that the heatwave condition may normalise after April 29.

“In the rest of the summer season which includes the month of May, we may further witness such strong heatwave spells once or twice. Also, because of these heatwave situations, there is a possibility of receiving pre-monsoon showers,” said Kashyapi.

He further added that the direct impact of these heatwave conditions on the monsoon cannot be predicted at this stage.

According to IMD, the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining east equatorial Indian Ocean has moved north-northwestwards till Sunday morning. It lays 1,050 km southeast of Chennai in Tamil Nadu and 1,230 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh till Sunday morning.

Cyclonic ‘Fani’ is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and then into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent till April 29 morning. Fani is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards gradually.

As a result, IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Kerala on April 29 and 30. Light to moderate rainfall at few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same time.

Similarly, light to moderate rainfall at few places very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on May 2. It is likely to increase in intensity with heavy rainfall over coastal Odisha from May 3

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