Soaring mercury leaves millions sweating in North India

April 26th, 2008 - 10:34 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 26, (IANS) With the temperature crossing 40-degree in many parts of north and central India, people are running for shade, concerned about the conditions in the peak summer season during the months of May and June. In the capital, the maximum temperature was 40 degrees Celsius, but another concern for the residents is the rising minimum temperatures. Saturday’s low was at 24.6 degrees, at least four degrees above average.

The situation was no different in most parts of the northern and central regions. Heat wave conditions prevailed in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, eastern Madhya Pradesh and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The highest temperature was recorded at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh at 46.7 degrees Celsius.

However, a low-pressure area that has developed over the Bay of Bengal might offer some relief to the neighbouring region in the form of a light or heavy shower by Monday.

The Met department in its latest bulletin forecast isolated rain or thundershowers in parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand and coastal Orissa.

In the northeast, similar forecasts were made for places in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

In the south, rain and thundershower is forecast in many places in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The department said the low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further.

The weather in western and central India is likely to remain dry.

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

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

New Delhi 40.0 (+2) 24.6 (+4) Nil

Mumbai 33.5 (0) 27.6 (+3) Nil

Chennai 34.6 (+1) 26.4 (-1) Nil

Kolkata 35.5 (0) 26.8 (+2) Nil

Ahmedabad 42.5 (+3) 28.6 (+5) Nil

Bangalore 35.0 (+2) 21.8 (+1) Nil

Bhopal 43.1 (+4) 24.0 (+1) Nil

Bhubaneswar 38.2 (0) 26.1 (0) Nil

Chandigarh 40.4 (+4) 25.0 (+4) Nil

Dehradun 36.2 (+2) 20.6 (+2) Nil

Goa 33.8 (+1) 26.4 (0) Nil

Guwahati 29.9 (-2) 22.3 (-1) 0.3

Hyderabad 38.0 (0) 24.6 (0) Nil

Jaipur 41.4 (+3) 21.4 (-2) Nil

Lucknow 42.0 (+2) 22.0 (0) Nil

Nagpur 42.6 (+1) 25.8 (0) Nil

Patna 42.0 (+3) 25.1 (0) Nil

Pune 40.5 (+4) 26.8 (+3) Nil

Srinagar 24.0 (+3) 8.4 (-1) Nil

Thiruvananthapuram 32.5 (+1) 25.0 (+1) 1.2

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