June 26, 2017

It was the HOTTEST March in Delhi since 2011

03 April 2017, 02:55 | Clarence Schmidt

It was the HOTTEST March in Delhi since 2011

It was the HOTTEST March in Delhi since 2011

It was a hot and sunny Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 23.2 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average, the Met office said. Akola was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, followed by Chandrapur (43.2 degrees Celsius), Bramhapuri (43.1 degrees Celsius), Jalgaon (42.2 degrees Celsius) and Malegaon (42 degrees Celsius).

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.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the heat wave would continue for the next two-three days at many places in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Gujarat and Haryana. In Mumbai, the maximum temperature was 33 degrees Celsius and the minimum 25 degree Celsius, but humidity made it hard for commuters.

In Haryana, Narnaul sizzled at 42 degrees Celsius. March 22, 2010 was the hottest day in 10 years at 39.2 degrees Celsius.

Ahmedabad city reported maximum temperature of 41.8 degree Celsius.

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Srikakulam in north coastal Andhra recorded 38 degrees, while Rajamahendravaram and Kakinada registered 37 and 35.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir had a soothing temperature which nonetheless was at least seven degrees above the season's average.

In Delhi, the mercury settled six notches above normal at 38.2 degrees Celsius. The city experienced light showers twice in the day. The maximum temperature in Jammu increased by a degree to settle at 34.1 degrees Celsius which is five degrees above normal, a Met official said.

This season has witnessed unusually hot mornings with minimum temperatures crossing the 20-degree mark over the last week.

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