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Heat sears Madhya Pradesh; Bhopal day temperature breaches 40 degrees in March after 13 yrs

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Bhopal: Unusual hot conditions are making citizens of Madhya Pradesh extremely uncomfortable since past two days and the conditions are expected to persist for at least another two days according to meteorology officials.

Also a warning of extremely hot winds blowing through parts of MP including Ujjain and Hoshangabad divisions, Bhopal, Rajgarh, Guna, Khargone, Sagar, Khandwa and Malajkhand has been issued.

Citizens are advised to protect themselves from the hot conditions while going out and drink lot of liquids and water to maintain hydration.

The extreme hot conditions are due to presence of an anti-circulation system over western MP that churns up hot winds and also incursion of hot winds from northwestern parts of the state that are experiencing very hot conditions.

BHOPAL CROSSES 40 DEGREES

After 13 years, maximum day temperature crossed 40 degrees Celsius mark in Bhopal and was recorded at 40.4 degrees.  Before this, on March 23, 2004, maximum day temperature in Bhopal had been recorded at 40.5 degrees. Historically, the highest ever day temperature recorded in Bhopal for month of March is 40.7 degrees – recorded on March 29, 1996.

The temperatures are particularly higher in western MP with heat wave conditions persisting in certain areas. Khargone and Hoshangabad both recorded the highest maximum temperature in the state at 42.5 degrees Celsius. Ratlam recorded 42.4 degrees while Damoh and Shajapur recorded 42 degrees.

Day temperature breached 40-degrees mark in at least 23 districts of the state on Tuesday. The MeT office has predicted that the temperature might go up to 42 degrees even in Bhopal on Wednesday.

However there are also chances of dust storm and thunderstorm in parts of Ujjain division, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia, Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur districts.

Sravani Sarkar

Editor-in-Chief Sravani Sarkar has been a journalist for 21 years. She started her career with Lokmat Times and had later joined Indian Express. She worked with Hindustan Times for 15 yrs. An award winning journalist, she is known for her work on malnutrition and women's issues in central India.