Country braces up for heatwave, as mercury breaks seasons’ track

Schools' timing in Patna revised, as local IMD official said that heatwave conditions is set to get harsher from April 15 that saw Dehri, Gaya, and Nawada recording max temperature of 43. 2°C


New Delhi/Patna: Heatwave conditions are likely in some isolated places in Delhi and many other places in the country on Saturday, as the maximum temperature was seen hovering around 40 degree Celsius in the day. In the national capital, the maximum temperature was recorded 39.4 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, and that was the highest maximum temperature recorded so far this season.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Sports Complex near Akshardham was the hottest station at 41.9 degrees Celsius. Pitampura and Faridabad followed with maximum temperatures settling at 41.4 and 41.3 degrees Celsius, respectively.

“Najafgarh and Ridge recorded 40.8 degrees Celsius and Pusa saw 40.3 degrees Celsius. Lodhi Road, Ayanagar, and Palam reported 39.4, 39.1, and 39 degrees Celsius, respectively,” according to IMD, which has issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Saturday.

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While the maximum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory is expected to be around 41 degrees Celsius for the next three days, it may touch 42-43 degrees Celsius in other stations. “The public is advised to take precautions and stay hydrated during the hot weather,” said an IMD official.

School timings in Patna revised due to heatwaves

In Patna, the district administration has directed all school authorities to revise the timings of academic activities till 11:45 am, owing to sweltering heat conditions. The new school timing will come into effect from April 15, as per the order.

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Local IMD official said that heatwave conditions is set to get harsher from April 15. Dehri, Gaya, and Nawada remained the hottest place with the highest maximum temperature of 43. 2°C. Patna, Arwal, Aurangabad, Nalanda, Sheikhpura, and Bhojpur recorded a maximum temperature of 42°C each while Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan, and Saran recorded a maximum temperature of 40°C.

A local met officials said that north-westerly winds are prevailing over the state up to 5.8km above mean sea level. “A cyclonic circulation lies over north Bangladesh and neighbourhood at 1.5 km above mean sea level. As a result, the maximum temperature in the state is likely to rise by two to four degrees,” he added.

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