April 29, 2009 2:00:33 am
The rising mercury is threatening to go up further and expected to touch 42°C mark in the next two days. The city recorded 41.6°C on Tuesday,the highest this summer.
Adding to the peoples woes was the MSEDCL resorting to frequent power cuts due to shortage of supply from power companies.
There is no respite in sight for at least two days as heatwave conditions prevail in Maharashtra. The maximum temperature may go up to 42°C, said Medha Khole,director,weather section,IMD,Pune.
The temperature had soared to 41.6°C on April 20. It came down by two degrees in the last few days. On Monday,it again shot up to 41.5°C. The highest April temperature recorded in the last 10 years in the city was 42.1°C on April 25,2008.
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Theres a heatwave in Northern Maharashtra and Central Vidarbha. The maximum temperature is 4 to 5 degrees above normal, said Khole. She said in parts of Kutch and Saurashtra,the maximum temperature was 10 degrees above normal. Heatwave conditions also prevail in Punjab,Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. The dry Northerly winds from these areas are adding to the temperature, she said.
The minimum temperatrure is also three degrees above normal. Thefore,there is no pleasant weather in the morning too, added Khole. The minimum temperature was 24°C on Tuesday.
With no showers predicted,there is no immediate relief in the sight.
Meanwhile,the city has been facing 2 to 3.5 hours of loadshedding in the last two days. The MSEDCL spokesperson,said extra power was not available from Tata Power. On Monday evening,the situation there was a major breakdown at St Marys and Old Parvati substations,affecting parts of Rasta Peth,Camp,Parvati,Peshwe Park,Aranyeshwar,Dattawadi,Swargate,Sahakar Nagar and Malusare Road were.
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