The mercury continued to climb in Rajasthan on Thursday with no sign of improvement in the blistering heat. Compared to last week, the maximum and minimum temperatures across the state have risen by nearly 3 degrees Celsius.
Barmer was the hottest place in the state on Thursday with a maximum temperature of 41°C, the weather office said. Attributing the rise in temperature to active northerly winds and the disappearance of factors like anti-cyclonic circulation and westerly disturbances, the Jaipur weather office said the mercury would rise further in the coming days.
On Thursday, maximum temperatures of 40°C or more were recorded in many places in the state. Barmer was followed by Chittorgarh in the temperature charts where a maximum of 40.8°C was recorded. Similar maximum temperatures were recorded in Sriganganagar at 40.7°C, Kota at 40.5°C, Bikaner at 40.4°C, Churu at 40.1°C and Jaisalmer at 40.0°C.
The people of Jaipur woke up to the hottest morning of the season when a minimum temperature of 24.2°C was recorded. This was followed by a scorching afternoon when a maximum temperature of 37.5°C was recorded in the city. People have already started using desert coolers and air conditioners as temperatures started to rise a week ago. In the afternoon, the city streets were deserted as people stayed in their homes and offices.
“There is no forecast of rainfall in the coming week. The mercury will continue to take an upward swing,” said a Met officer in Jaipur. The Met Office said in its forecast that the heatwave will continue to intensify in the coming days and that maximum temperatures of 41°C or more will be experienced in most places in the state from next week.