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Hottest day hits normal life

TODAY WAS the hottest day of the season in Bhopal as temperature soared to 42.6 degree Celsius, three degree above normal. Scorching heat during daytime has badly hit the normal life over the past few days.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 01:23 IST

TODAY WAS the hottest day of the season in Bhopal as temperature soared to 42.6 degree Celsius, three degree above normal. Scorching heat during daytime has badly hit the normal life over the past few days.

Except for some patches, particularly around educational institutions and markets, roads usually wear a deserted look during daytime.

Caps, goggles, scarves and plain ‘gamchhas’ are back in vogue as commuters, particularly two-wheeler riders, keep their faces and eyes covered to save themselves from fire-oozing sun.

On the entire stretch of Link Road or any other major road, vendors selling traditional cold drinks like Jalzeera, Shikanji, Pana and cane juice can be seen lined up by the roadside.

Common diseases of the summer season - dehydration, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and the like — are also on the rise.  Coupled with scorching heat, erratic water supply over the past few days has made life all the more miserable for the residents of State capital.

However, evenings continue to be pleasant. Crowds seen in different parks and other public places soon after sunset bear a testimony to how eagerly people wait for sun to go down and cooling of atmosphere a little bit.

The Metrological Department has warned that the temperature could go further up in the coming days, as May is the hottest month of the season. Hot air blowing from the west leads to shooting up of temperature.

Highest temperature in the month of May in Bhopal was registered at 45.6 degree on May 22, 1947, while the lowest temperature was 17.4 degree on May 4, 1972. At times, thundershowers are also witnessed during the month but usually weather in May remains dry and hot.