A severe heat wave has enveloped most parts of Madhya Pradesh with the mercury touching 43 degrees in seven districts. According to the meteorological department, the mercury has touched 40 degrees in most parts of the state.
"Khajuraho, Naugaon, Damoh, Hoshangabad Rajgarh, Khargone and Ratlam have already touched 43 degrees and the temperatures are likely to rise further," Weather scientist Umashankar Chauksey while talking to India today said.
According to Chauksey, the temperatures have risen around three to four degrees above normal in most parts of the state that has led to heat wave like conditions. The weather in the next 24 hours is likely to be hot and dry with hot winds expected to blow across the state.
State capital Bhopal has recorded a high of 41 degrees while in Indore, a high of 40 degrees was recorded till noon on Friday.
In Dewas too, a high of 40 degrees was recorded till noon while Jabalpur recorded a high of 42 degrees.
Mandla recorded a high of 42 degrees while Ujjain recorded a high of 40 degrees till noon on Friday.
District collectors of Bhopal and Indore have all government and private schools to close by noon due to the prevailing heat wave conditions.