Harsh heat waves continued in Malwa-Nimad for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday as hot north westerly winds blew from the Rajasthan-Gujarat border.
In Indore, winds blew at the speed of 44km per hour making commuters look for cover. Searing sun and dry winds with very little moisture content pricked the commuters. As most residents stayed indoors, roads wore a deserted look.
However, road-side vendors selling surgarcane juice, sherbets and soda water made brisk business as commuters and pedestrians stopped by them to quench their thirst.
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius which was two degrees above normal.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius which was normal.
Morning and evening humidity were recorded at 45% and 14% respectively.
The meteorological department (MeT) has predicted occurrence of heat wave in Indore and Ujjain division in the next 24 hours.
Department regional head Anupam Kashyapi said the hot weather will continue for two to three more days.
Cities in south west MP reeled under similarly hot conditions as day temperature in Burhanpur, Khargone, Barwani, Khandwa, Ujjain, Dewas, Shajapur hovered around 44 degrees Celsius. The prickly heat caused discomfort in rural areas as villages faced consistent power cuts and water shortage.
Most small water bodies in villages too are reportedly drying up.