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Mercury in Pune’s Lohegaon area touches 41.5 degree celsius

Expected to soar in the coming days; heat wave conditions in Vidarbha and Marathwada.

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Met officials said while heat wave conditions prevailed in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, temperatures were fluctuating between 40 and 45 degree Celsius in all the weather divisions.

The maximum temperature in the Lohegaon area of Pune soared on Friday to 41.5 degree Celsius, the highest recorded for the month of April in the city.

The meteorological department has forecast further rise in temperature by one or two degrees in the coming days.

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Met officials said while heat wave conditions prevailed in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, temperatures were fluctuating between 40 and 45 degree Celsius in all the weather divisions.

The highest maximum temperature recorded for the state on Friday was for Wardha at 45 degree Celsius, while Malegaon sizzled at 44 degree Celsius and Solapur at 43.7 degree Celsius.

In Pune city, the Shivajinagar area recorded 40.8 degree Celsius.

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“It is usual to see the temperatures soaring during this period. There is a likely western disturbance in the north and as a prelude to it, temperatures in north-western India and western India will rise,” said Dr P C S Rao, director of weather (central) at the IMD.

“With the rise in temperatures, there could be some thundershowers too in the region. The temperatures will rise for Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha regions,” he said.

The month of April usually records temperatures above 40 degree Celsius. In 2008, it crossed 42 degree Celsius while the mercury has hovered in the range of 39-41 degree Celsius to 41 degree celsius in the past 10 years, according to Met officials. The highest temperature recorded by the Met department in April was 43.3 degree Celsius (April 30, 1897).

In its heat outlook that has a special mention of Maharashtra region, the IMD states that while 2015 was the third warmest year ever recorded since 1901, 2016 could be warmer.