After a continued dip in temperature, mercury swung up on Wednesday as the state returned to scorching heat conditions. Majority of the places witnessed maximum temperature of 40.0 degrees Celsius and above. Barmer remained the hottest in the state, recording a maximum temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius. Attributing the change to active northerly winds and vanishing western disturbances, Jaipur Met office said that the rising trend in temperature would continue for the next couple of days. Jaipurites woke up to a comparatively warmer morning as the minimum temperature stood at 21.5 degrees Celsius. This was followed by a sultry afternoon with a maximum of 40.0 degrees Celsius, almost 5 degrees above the normal. The sudden increase forced people to turn on airconditioners and water coolers. It also resulted in abrupt power cuts and water crisis in some of the colonies in the Walled City. Barmer was followed by Jaisalmer which reported a maximum of 44.0 degrees Celsius, Jodhpur 43.2, Bikaner 43.0, Churu 42.3, Kota 41.8, Sriganganagar 41.1, Udaipur 40.8, Ajmer 40.5 and Pilani 40.2. It may be recalled that any places in the state wit many places in the state witnessed hail storms, showers and dust storm in the past six days. However, mercury moved up from Wednesday. "The rising temperature is good for the wheat crop which is ready for harvest in some of the districts in Ra jasthan," said an officer with the agriculture department. In its forecast, Jaipur Met office said that scorching heat conditions would aggravate in the next couple of days, especially in the western and northern parts.