In a rather sudden change of weather,the mercury on Wednesday touched 36° Celsius,three degrees above normal.
The highest temperature recorded for the month in the city was on February 28,1953; it was 38.9°C then. We cant say whether it will cross the record,but the recent temperatures are not usual. Mumbais highest for the month was 39.6°C in February 1966. In Ratnagiri on Wednesday,the temperature crossed 39°C, said Sunita Devi,director,weather central,IMD Pune.
She said an anti-cyclone in the central parts of the country was heating up the atmosphere. Temperatures have risen throughout the state, she said. In the coming week,some cloud cover may be expected with a little convection over the north Indian Ocean,which will keep the temperatures steady,she added.
Dr AK Srivastava,director National Climate Centre,Pune,said the summer this year will be warmer for north and north-eastern states.