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Bhopal experiences hottest night in five years

Along with extremely hot days, residents of Bhopal are now experiencing grueling nights too.

bhopal Updated: May 22, 2015 22:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Along with extremely hot days, residents of Bhopal are now experiencing grueling nights too.

Thursday night remained the hottest in five years as the minimum temperature shot up to 31.2 degrees Celsius - five degrees over normal mark.

Before this, in year 2010, Bhopal had recorded highest minimum temperature of 32.3 degrees on May 25.

The sultry night was followed by an equally sweltering day on Friday as the maximum temperature once again surged and hit 43.7 degrees mark.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has however indicated partial relief starting Sunday evening as moisture incursion from Arabian Sea is likely to bring in dust storm, thundery activities and light rain, causing temperatures to dip partially.

"South MP would be impacted first and then the entire state would feel the effect of the incoming moisture," director of RMC, Anupam Kashyapi said. During the next two days, the present trend of extremely hot conditions would continue.

Heat wave conditions would prevail over parts of Gwalior, Chambal, Ujjain, Indore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Sagar divisions on Saturday, he said.

Entire state continued to reel under hot conditions on Friday too with Khajuraho recording one of the highest at 45.8 degrees.

The RMC director said that a macro level heat system was prevailing over Maharashtra, MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Rajasthan and this was keeping the mercury at a constant high.

However this system was also the one that was steering moisture from Arabian Sea and would bring relief in next two to three days, he said.


Meanwhile, Thursday night was the second hottest night for Bhopal in last 13 years.

Before this on May 18, 2002, minimum temperature was recorded at 37.5 degrees - the highest night temperature to be ever recorded in capital.

While day temperatures are normally recorded in the range of 42-44 degrees mark in Bhopal in second and third week of May, it is unusual for the minimum (night) temperatures to breach the 30 degrees mark.

"When it does, conditions become extremely uncomfortable," like Thursday night , Kashyapi said.

He said that minimum temperatures were likely to be in the same range (around 31 degrees) on Friday night too.

First Published: May 22, 2015 22:16 IST