India braces for summer as mercury touches 40 degrees(All India weather report)

April 24th, 2008 - 10:08 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The heat wave conditions continued over central parts of India and Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region Thursday, and the northern plains braced themselves for the summer season. There was no change in the maximum temperature from the day before in Delhi Thursday, as the high remained at 40.2 degrees Celsius. The warm and sunny day, however, had the residents running for cover during the afternoon. The day’s low was recorded at a comfortable 22.0 degrees Celsius.

Most parts of the northern plains had similar weather trends. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius, nearly six degrees above normal for this time of the year.

Most other cities of the plains also saw temperature soaring above 40-degree mark and the weather man has forecast the trend would continue in the coming days.

While the northern India braced itself for the summers, in central India and Vidarbha region the mercury has already touched the peak point.

Nagpur recorded a maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius. The Met Office has said that the maximum temperature recorded in the country was 45.3 degrees Celsius at Akola in eastern Maharashtra.

Most parts of the country remained dry Thursday, but the weather office in its bulletin has said that with a low pressure area forming in the Bay of Bengal, widespread rainfall is expected in Assam, Meghalaya and some parts of southern peninsula.

The following were the maximum and minimum temperatures and rainfall in major cities for the 24 hours till Thursday morning, with figures in brackets denoting deviations from the average.

CityMaximum Temperature Minimum Temperature Rainfall
(C) (C) (mm)

New Delhi 40.2 (+3) 22.1 (0) Nil

Mumbai 35.3 (+2) 24.7 (+1) Nil

Chennai 36.5 (+3) 27.2 (+1) Nil

Kolkata 38.9 (+3) 27.2 (+2) Nil

Ahmedabad 40.4 (0) 25.0 (+1) Nil

Bangalore 34.6 (+1) 21.7 (0) Nil

Bhopal 41.8 (+2) 23.0 (+1) Nil

Bhubaneswar 38.5 (+1) 25.8 (0) Nil

Chandigarh 40.8 (+6) 22.6 (+3) Nil

Dehradun 36.7 (+4) 19.8 (+1) Nil

Goa 33.5 (+2) 27.2 (+1) Nil

Guwahati 32.8 (+1) 24.4 (+3) Nil

Hyderabad 41.0 (+1) 27.0 (+1) Nil

Jaipur 41.3 (+4) 21.6 (0) Nil

Lucknow 42.0 (+2) 22.6 (+1) Nil

Nagpur 44.6 (+4) 24.7 (0) Nil

Patna 41.1 (+2) 21.5 (-2) Nil

Pune 41.3 (+4) 21.1 (+1) Nil

Srinagar 24.2 (+4) 8.8 (+1) Nil

Thiruvananthapuram 33.2 (+1) 26.2 (+1) Nil

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