Tuesday recorded the highest April temperature in two years in Pune of 41.3 degrees Celsius. With the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting the temperature to remain above 40 for the next 48 hours,there seems to be no respite for Puneites.
April has been a hot month for Pune,with the temperature crossing the 40 degrees Celsius mark last Sunday. Prior to that,the highest recorded temperature was 39.7 on April 12. However,Tuesdays temperature,IMD stated,was the highest in the last two years. While the highest realised temperature of April 2011 was 39.7,that of April 2012 was 39.9 degrees Celsius.
Clear sky and less moisture content in the air is citied as the major reason for the rise in temperature. Intense solar heat,coupled with local climatic conditions have propelled the temperature,in many parts of the state. Apart from Pune,the mercury levels in Kolhapur,Sangli,Satara,Sangli Solapur have risen above the 40 degrees mark. Jalgaon has reported the highest temperature of the day at 44.9 degree celsius.
Although some cloud formations have been seen in the afternoons,there has been no rainfall so far this year. IMD has,however,predicted some rain or thundershowers for Pune for the next 48 hours. But the probability is lesser than 25 per cent. Also,the trough from north Karnataka to south Tamil Nadu in the lower levels persists,which the IMD authorities say would be conducive for formation of thunderclouds.
The intense heat had kept people off the streets for most part of the day. Although many ventured out in the evening,the intense heat still persisted. Roadside vendors had a field day on Tuesday selling lemon juice and ice creams.