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Pune @ 43°C on Sunday is third highest recorded April temperature in 122 years

The highest recorded temperature in April was 43.3°C on April 30,1897

pune Updated: Apr 29, 2019 16:57 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,India Meteorological Department,heat summer
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 43 degrees celsius and children are seen playing at the Empress Garden on Sunday. (SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO )

The city, on Sunday, recorded a maximum temperature of 43°C, which was the third highest recorded temperature in April for the city in the last 122 years. The highest recorded temperature in April was 43.3°C on April 30,1897 according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The city’s maximum temperature hovered above 42°C for two consecutive days with Saturday touching 42.9°C. According to IMD officials mercury levels are likely to remain at 40°C in Pune on Monday, however, from April

30 onwards the maximum temperature is likely to start declining all over Maharashtra.

Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD Pune said, “Heatwave patterns over Pune, central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidharbha developed as forecast by IMD. However, from April 30 onwards, mercury levels all over the state will decline as there is no heatwave warning with immediate effect.”

On Sunday, Khargaon (Madhya Pradesh) recorded the highest maximum temperature of 47.5 °C in India, followed by Parbani, Akola and Chandrapur that recorded a maximum temperature of 47.2°C. On Sunday, the maximum temperature in Vidharbha, central Maharashtra and Marathwada was recorded above normal (3.1°C to 5°C). Three people have died of heatwave in Maharashtra.

The IMD also forecast that partly cloudy atmosphere prevail over the city and adjoining parts of the city in the evenings of April 29 and 30.However from May 1 onwards maximum temperature will remain at 38°C in the city and 39°C in isolated pockets of central Maharashtra and Vidharbha.

IMD also informed that on Sunday the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over south east Bay of Bengal has now moved north-westwards with a speed of about 10 kilometres per hour and then will move over south east Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), south east of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

The officials added that it is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. It is likely to move northwestwards till May 1 and thereafter recurve north-eastwards gradually. Monica Gokhale, a resident of Kothrud, said, “As exams are over,children prefer to play outdoor. Due to the intense heat, they are able to do so. It is important for all of us to drink more liquids to keep ourselves hydrated in summer.”

MAHABLESHWAR SIZZLES

On Sunday, Mahabaleshwar recorded a maximum temperature of 36.1°C the highest recorded temperature in April in the last 85 years. Consistent high temperatures have affected the tourist numbers.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 16:55 IST