In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla recorded a maximum temperature at 25.1 degrees Celsius, 7.5 degrees above normal. "It indicates that the moderate heat wave in isolated parts of the state has subsided", he said. The Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh will also see temperatures soaring over 40 degrees for 48 hours. "One person is from Aurangabad while another person is from Solapur district - both known for higher temperature areas", state health minister Deepak Sawant told PTI.
There are predictions of a "mild heat wave" in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Day temperatures continue to rise across most parts of India, especially in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Yesterday afternoon the IMD here had issued a heat wave alert.
"As predicted, the heat wave in Maharashtra has subsided with most of the regions reporting a minor rise in the day and night temperature", the Meteorological department stated in a release today.
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After doubting an unprecedented 46.5 degrees Celsius temperature recorded at Bhira in the coastal Raigad district of Maharashtra, a Met department official today said it could be the effect of "basalt rock radiation". In the span of 24 hours from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Bhira recorded maximum temperature of 46.5°C. Barmer, Jaisalmer and Siker are the worst affected districts with temperatures hovering between 43 to 44.4 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Patiala registered a maximum of 36.2°C, seven notches above normal while Ludhiana recorded six degrees above normal high at 35.7°C.
The mean temperature in Bhira for the month of March between period of 1961 and 1990 was 39.3 degrees C, data indicates. Narnaul was again hottest in Haryana at 41.5 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Jammu dropped by a degree to settle at 33°C, still four degrees above normal.
Those doing the temperature mapping at Bhira are not the employees of IMD though they were trained by the agency, he said, adding, "We will visit the location and find out why such a high temperature is being recorded".
Amreli in Gujarat sizzles at 43 degrees Celsius, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh at 41.6 degrees Celsius and Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh at 42.1 degrees Celsius. Even in relatively colder Dehradun as well as Srinagar, temperature has been much above the normal for this part of the year.