With temperatures 39.7°C higher than normal, most cities in Maharashtra just experienced their hottest temperatures ever for this time of year.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), summer-like weather conditions have set in over the state already, despite it only being April.
The weather service was reporting maximum temperature of 39.7 degrees Celsius on Sunday, making it the season's hottest day so far.
A senior Met official said in a statement, “Day temperature will hover near 40 degrees Celsius over the next three to four days”.
Southern peninsular India has been experiencing near heat-wave like weather conditions with many locations in Kerala and Karnataka reporting day temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius. As a result, winds blowing from these hotter regions towards Maharashtra have caused the sudden spike in temperature here, reported by IMD officials.
“Due to the presence of trough running between Kerala and Madhya Maharashtra, the winds are now blowing in the north-westerly direction, bringing in heat over many parts of the state,” the official said.
Solapur has regularly recorded daytime temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius however, the city was the hottest in the state on Sunday when temperatures hit 41.9 degrees Celsius.