The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has earlier warned of the likely development of heatwave conditions over multiple states in the country lasting till the end of this week.
Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu were expected to experience heatwave this week. A heat wave is declared when the maximum temperature over a location increases by 5 to 6 degrees from normal or rises above 45 degrees Celsius in the plains.
As of 5.30 pm today, Madurai recorded the highest temperature in Tamil Nadu of 38.8 degree Celsius with an increase of 1.7 degree Celsius from the average temperature. It is followed by Karur Paramathi and Erode with 38.5 °C and 38.4 °C respectively. Thiruchirapalli and Tirupattur stand next with 38.2°C each.
The lowest temperature recorded in the state is Kodaikanal with 20°C, followed by Coonnor with 25°C and Valparai with 26°C. It is to be noted that Palayamkottai has recorded 38.1°C with the highest rise in temperature of 2 degrees.