2018 Summer: Temperatures Touch 40 Degrees, Met Office Warns Of Heat Wave

Heat wave is here to stay for now says the meteorological department as the mercury touches 40 degrees

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2018 Summer: Temperatures Touch 40 Degrees, Met Office Warns Of Heat Wave

Meteorological department warns of sharp rise in temperatures across India


New Delhi:  Large parts of India have already touched 40 degrees Celsius. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has already warned that the country will see an early onset of heat wave conditions.

Heat wave conditions are likely in some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Rajasthan, and north Madhya Pradesh over the next two days, said the IMD.

Delhi and its suburbs recorded the second highest temperature since 2010, with temperatures touching 39 degrees.

The maximum temperatures were more than 5 degrees above normal  at most places in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The IMD issued a warning for Gujarat; Porbandar was the hottest on Monday with a temperature of 43 degrees Celsius, followed by Surat at 41 degrees Celsius.

States in the eastern parts of India - West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura - will get some respite with the possibility of thundersqalls on March 30 and 31, but it won't be long lasting said the Met office.

As the maximum temperatures in Hyderabad inched closer to 40 degrees, the city traffic authorities, on Wednesday, were seen distributing buttermilk packets during the afternoon hours to cops who were on traffic duty. The traffic cops were given two packets of buttermilk each to counter the heat. Along with buttermilk, glucose biscuits and water bottles were also given. 

"In this hot summer, we are distributing two buttermilk packets to each traffic cop who is performing duty on a road or at a signal," said Suman Kumar, Circle Inspector, Abids Traffic police station, who distributed buttermilk to traffic cops.

Last week, the maximum temperatures in Mumbai soared over the 40 degree Celsius mark, recording the second highest temperature in March in a decade. The normal temperature in Mumbai for this time of year is 33.5 degrees Celsius, which is 8.2 degrees below what was recorded on March 26.


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