TEMPERATURES HAVE soared significantly across the State during the last three days. The State capital is facing a real scorcher of weather for this time of the season, with the maximum day temperatures recorded at 31.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday – a good six degrees above normal.
On Friday, maximum day temperature was even higher at 32.4 degrees. Minimum temperature on the night intervening Friday and Saturday was at a warm 15.1 degrees – four degrees above normal. The residents have been practically feeling the heat since the last three days.
In other parts of the State too, temperatures have gone up considerably.
The prediction that the summer this year would be one of the hottest seems to be already coming true as both day and night temperatures have gone far beyond the normal level.
With the Meteorological office saying that the cold spell might not return, people may as well get ready to face hot days and warm nights in most places of the State.
The sudden surge in temperatures has been attributed to an anti-cyclonic circulation system prevailing at a lower level over central Madhya Pradesh.
This anti-circulation leads to heating (owing to the flow of heat from low pressure to high pressure areas) causing the temperatures to soar, director of Regional Meteorological Centre Dr D P Dubey explained. Given the present conditions, it does not seem that cold spell would return or temperatures go down, he added.
Indore recorded maximum of 32.4 on Saturday and minimum of 12.6 degrees while Gwalior recorded 32.4 and 11 and Jabalpur was at 31.8 and 10.9 degrees Celsius.
On Friday, maximum and minimum temperatures in the three cities were 31.9 and 12.4, 31 and 8 and 28.4 and 9.6 degrees respectively. Temperatures had started surging on Thursday when a sudden rise of about 5 degrees in day temperatures was recorded.