Ahmedabad: Seven towns of Gujarat recorded temperatures above 44°C on Sunday as the state boiled under the extreme heat this summer. Ahmedabad recorded its highest ever temperature of the season at 44.8°C yesterday.

Kandla Airport was the hottest place in the state on Sunday with temperatures reaching as high as 46.3°C, while the second hottest place was Deesa in Banaskantha with 45.8°C.

So bad was the situation in Ahmedabad, that the streets looked empty and many shops remained shut in the afternoon as people remained in their homes to escape the sweltering heat. An official from the Indian Meteorological Department stated that severe heatwave prevailed in parts of North and Central Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch. The extreme condition will continue on Monday and the temperature in Ahmedabad is predicted to touch 45°C.

The IMD stated a warning on Sunday that heatwave conditions may prevail in parts of Gujarat, Saurashtra-Kutch, and Diu. The maximum temperature will remain around 41°C to 45°C in the next two days.

According to Jayanta Sarkar of IMD, "Some respite can be expected from Tuesday as maximum temperature may drop by one or two degrees as winds pattern will change from south-westerly to westerly. Besides, the monsoon will also set in Kerala in some days, so the winds blowing from south-westerly direction will bring moisture to the state to provide a bit of respite."