"Wednesday's maximum temperature in Delhi was 39.6 degrees Celsius, which was six degrees above normal... from the current trend, it could be said that within next few days Delhi will see heatwave", Mahesh Palawat, Director at private weather forecaster Skymet, told IANS.
Thundershower occurred in Satara district of western Maharashtra on Saturday, the IMD said as it forecast rain or thundershower in Marathwada on Sunday.
Conditions close to heatwave have been prevailing in Telangana and Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh due to the hot and humid south/southeasterly winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal.
The national capital is also suffering blazing heat as the highest recorded temperature for Thursday in the city is 34 degrees. Mumbai and Ratnagiri in particular recorded 38 degrees Celsius during this period.
There are predictions of a "mild heat wave" in Maharashtra and Gujarat, parts of which are in the grip of intense heat as high as 40 degree plus.
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Up to now it is the highest temperature recorded in that place and it is 7°C more than average temperature.
Meanwhile, a 14-year-old from Aurangabad district and a 50-year-old woman in Beed succumbed to extreme heat conditions in the past 24 hours, officials confirmed.
The India Meteorological Department has been issuing heat wave warnings across northern, western and central regions of India, particularly in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and northern Maharashtra. The maximum temperature at Allahabad and Hamirpur also crossed the 40 degrees mark, the MeT said. Its nearby areas such as Wardha, Nagpur and Chandrapur have recorded 43 degrees Celsius. During last week of March, the mercury soared to new levels every day with Nashik witnessing record-breaking maximum temperatures. Narnaul was again hottest in Haryana at 41.5°C.
On Monday, Barmer in Rajasthan sizzled at 44 degrees Celsius. The temperature is now at 37 degrees, five degrees more than normal for this time of the year.
The IMD had yesterday, said, "The change in the direction of northerly winds avoided further escalation of temperature". The cities have set up cool-air shelters for people working in the sun all day, such as construction workers and traffic police, to rest during the hottest afternoon hours. It was a holiday on Tuesday, hence temperature was not recorded.
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