Ranchi:Mercury smashed all previous records in Jamshedpur with a maximum temperature at 43.3 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal, on Thursday. The past all-time record of the city in March was 42.5 degrees Celsius registered on March 23, 2004. Heat wave conditions are unabated in Jharkhand. Ranchi broke its 13 years record with 38.8 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. The city had recorded 39 degrees Celsius in 2004 while the all time record is 39.4 degrees Celsius recorded on March 31, 1955.The average maximum temperature is hovering 4-6 degrees Celsius above normal across the state excluding a few districts in northeast Jharkhand. Daltonganj boiled at 42.4, five degrees above normal while Chaibasa simmered at 42 degrees Celsius. Bokaro recorded 41 degrees Celsius. However, no casualty was reported from any parts of the district due to the scorching heat. Meteorological department officials predicted no relief from the scorching heat for the next couple of days due to an unrestricted flow of wind from northwest parts of the country. Except northeast districts, including Sahebganj, Pakur and Godda, where partly cloudy weather prevailed, dry weather continued all over the state.“We have issued a heat wave alert for Jamshedpur and Daltonganj region for the next two days with the maximum temperature crossing 42 degrees Celsius. Ranchi is reeling under extreme hot weather conditions,” said R S Sharma, forecast officer, Ranchi Meteorological Centre. Sharma said the northwesterly wind is causing dry weather conditions in Jharkhand, which may continue for the next few days. “Northwestern states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are facing heat wave conditions, which led to the rise in Jharkhand temperature too,” he said.The maximum temperature could rise by one degree Celsius more, he added.Sharma said drizzle to light rain is expected in a few parts of northeast Jharkhand due to an upper air cyclonic circulation over northern parts of West Bengal.With soaring of mercury, residents in several parts of the Ranchi city, particularly Kanke, Bariatu, Kokar, Harmu and Ratu Road, have started facing water shortage, as hand pumps and wells have started drying.“There are three hand pumps in my locality but all of them have dried up. The civic body’s water supply is also very poor in this area. However, most of the residents here have now opted for deep boring to cope with the water crisis,” said Rajiv Sinha, a resident of Kokar. CITIES MAX TEMP (in degrees Celsius)Ranchi 38.8Jamshedpur 43.3Daltonganj 42.4Bokaro 41Chaibasa 41.4 BLURBMeteorological department officials predicted no relief from the scorching heat for the next couple of days due to an unrestricted flow of wind from northwest parts of the country.