After witnessing hailstorms and unseasonal rains, the citizens of Pune are now facing the extreme heat. With a drastic increase in temperatures by a whopping six degrees, the mercury level remained steady at 36 degree Celsius on Tuesday and Wednesday during the day.
Beating the heat: Women use scarves as protective gear from the scorching heat. Pic/Mohan Patil
However, officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD)-Pune claimed these conditions were favourable for a good monsoon.
An IMD official said, “The entire state, including Pune, was subjected to a different weather pattern in the past few days due to weather disturbances in northern India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and also in Pakistan. One can expect this weather to continue for a few days.
Actually, the minimum temperature is lower than usual and the early formation of a low-pressure belt in Lakshadweep and south Gujarat region is responsible for it. The propagation of this low-pressure belt was expected to occur next month.”
But, the official claimed, people could expect a regular summer season.
“This kind of temperature should’ve been there in March. But, we missed it initially due to the weather disturbance. But, this weather is favourable for a good monsoon,” he said.
Due to extreme temperature variations, city hospitals and clinics are reporting an increase in cases of viral fever, cold and cough. “It’s been more than a month since summer season started, but even now, we are experiencing bad weather. This has resulted in health problems like cough, high fever and weakness,” said Dr M B Abnave from Noble Hospital. “Those who frequently eat out must ensure they eat a balanced meal and exercise regularly. Unhygienic food and water can invite several diseases and make people ill,” said the hospital’s director, Dr Dilip Mane.
— Inputs by Dheeraj Bengrut