BHOPAL :  The soaring mercury continued spiralling northward in the city on Friday. Even a slight upward departure of 0.5°C in the maximum temperature left people gasping for respite and having no pressing engagement they preferred to confine themselves in cosy comfort of their houses sitting before coolers and ACs while ceiling fans proved to be worthless.

Similar was the condition across the state as heat wave condition persisted over most of the places.

The maximum temperature increased significantly in districts of Sagar, Hoshangabad and Bhopal divisions where it was pegged above normal while there was no major change in weather in rest of the places. The maximum temperature of 45°C was recorded at Khargone, Nowgaon and Hoshangabad during the last 24 hours.

Maximum temperature of 45°C recorded at Khargone, Nowgaon, Hoshangabad as heat wave sweeps across the state

As per meteorological department an upper air circulation lies over east Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Bihar extending up to 1.5 km above mean sea level. A trough from this system extends up to south Tamil Nadu across east MP, Vidarbha and interior Karnataka.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 43°C in Bhopal on Friday with a slight increase of 0.5°C from Thursday’s maximum temperature which was 42.5°C. It was 2°C above normal. The minimum temperature, however, dropped by 0.5°C as it was pegged at 27°C. It was just 1°C above normal. Indore recorded at maximum temperature of          41.8°C and minimum temperature of 24.8°C. Gwalior sizzled at maximum temperature of 44.3°C while the minimum temperature was 24.8°C. Jabalpur                recorded a maximum temperature of 43.1°C and  a quite high minimum temperature of 29°C

According to weatherman, there would be a partly cloudy sky towards afternoon or evening in the state capital during the next 24 hours with chances of dust storm in the evening.

Heat wave condition is likely at isolated places over Chambal, Gwalior, Sagar, Ujjain divisions and over Rewa, Hosangabad, Rajgarh and Khargone districts during next 24 hours.