Mercury touches new high in Uttarakhand, breaks records set 25 years back

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Dehradun | Published: April 1, 2017 9:01:15 AM

Plains in Uttarakhand are in throes of unprecedented heat wave as mercury on Saturday climbed and set new records in the hill state.

Vikram Singh, the Met office director, said the temperatures in most of the plain areas were higher by 6-8 degrees Celsius than the average during this period of the year. (Reuters)

Plains in Uttarakhand are in throes of unprecedented heat wave as mercury on Saturday climbed and set new records in the hill state. According to the Met office, temperatures in Udhamsinghnagar, Pantnagar and Dehradun have broken records set 25 years back. The temperatures are hovering over 35-36 degrees Celsius in the plains. Pantnagar which last had the highest temperature of 36.3 degrees Celsius on March 31, 1991, recorded 36.9 degrees Celsius on Friday. Dehradun continued to singe as the temperature climbed to 35.8 degrees Celsius, another record. The last equivalent temperature was seen in 2001.

Vikram Singh, the Met office director, said the temperatures in most of the plain areas were higher by 6-8 degrees Celsius than the average during this period of the year.

The weatherman has however forecast a slight drop in temperature over the next week as rains are likely to occur in some parts.

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The five hottest places in the country fell under Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region even as other states including Delhi, which experienced the hottest March day since 2011, also reeled under searing heat on Friday. Chandrapur in Vidarbha recorded 44.2 degrees Celsius, the highest maximum temperature in the country while Wardha (43.8 degrees), Akola (43.6 degrees), Bramhapur (43.3 degrees) and Nagpur (43.1 degrees) were the next hotest places in India, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.

In Delhi, the Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above the normal, making it the hottest day of March since 2011.

Another observatory in Palam, showed an even higher 40.2 degrees Celsius, also the highest in the last seven years.

Churu was the hottest place in Rajasthan recording 43 degrees Celsius while Kota followed with 41.3 degrees Celsius. Barmer and Bikaner registered 40.8 degrees Celsius each.

Pilani, Jaisalmer and Jaipur recorded maximum temperatures of 40.6 degrees Celsius, 40.5 degrees Celsius and 39.9 degrees Celsius respectively.

Banda was the hottest place in Uttar Pradesh recording a high of 43.6 degrees. Several other districts like Varanasi, Faizabad, Jhansi and Agra registered above normal temperatures.

People in Punjab and Haryana too felt intense heat as the day temperatures went up by several notches above normal in many parts.

Narnaul continued to be the hottest place in Haryana recording a high of 41.9 degrees Celsius. Hisar sizzled at 40 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Patiala recorded a maximum 38 degrees Celsius, Ludhiana saw the mercury rising to 37.1 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said. The maximum temperature in Amritsar was 34.8 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. Chandigarh recorded a high of 35.5 degrees Celsius.

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