BHOPAL: Mercury took an upward swing across the state on Tuesday as majority of the places witnessed a rise in its maximum temperatures.
Day temperature was close to 21-year-old record in the state capital on Tuesday. Scorching heat paralysed normal life in the city even in March as the maximum touched 40.4°C, 4°C above normal while the minimum temperature of 22.3°C was 3°C above normal. Bhopal had recorded 40.7°C on March 29, 1996.
While Hoshangabad recorded 42.5°C, Shajapur, Khajuraho, Damoh, Naogaon, Ratlam crossed 42 degrees Celsius. Indore recorded a maximum temperature of 40.4°C, which was 3°C above normal while it recorded a minimum of 20.4°C which was 1°C above normal. Similarly, Gwalior reached 40.9°C which was 6°C above normal while Jabalpur recorded 39.4°C, 4°C above normal. Khajuraho recorded 41.6°C, which was 6°C above normal.
Heat wave is likely to prevail at isolated places over Hoshangabad and Ujjain divisions and Guna, Malanjhkhand, Sagar, Khandwa, Khargone, Rajgarh, and Bhopal districts. Districts like Mandla, Sagar, Khandwa, Shajapur, Ratlam and Guna were already in grip of heat wave. Dust storm is likely at isolated place over Ujjain division and Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur districts.
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