BHOPAL : While monsoon is likely to hit Kerala coast any time soon, temperature soared drastically in northern and western belts of the state. Consequently, most parts of Madhya Pradesh are in grip of intense heat wave. The heat wave is likely to continue in northern parts-Gwalior, Chambal, Rewa, Sagar and Ujjain divisions.Bhopal recorded a maximum temperature of 44.8°C which was 6°C above normal while the minimum was 29.4°C, which was 3°C above normal. However, highest temperature of current summer was on May 29 and it was 44.9°C.
Monsoon is already late in Kerala, so in Madhya Pradesh, it is expected to hit by June 20. Usually, it hits the state by June 15.
According to met department, monsoon is already delayed in Kerala. Any time it may hit Kerala coast but usually it hits by June 1. This time, it is June 5. So in MP it may hit by June 20. Conditions are favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala and its further advance into some more parts of south Arabian sea, remaining parts of Maldives- Comorin area, some parts of Tamil Nadu and some more parts of Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours, the weatherman said.