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Temperature record of 80 years broken

MERCURY SOARED in the City shattering the record of highest temperature in the month of February in last 80 years today. Mercury touched 37.9 degrees Celsius in the City, which was 8 degrees above normal a phenomenon, which has not been seen in the City in this month since many years, rendering cooling mechanisms ineffective.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 00:46 IST

MERCURY SOARED in the City shattering the record of highest temperature in the month of February in last 80 years today. Mercury touched 37.9 degrees Celsius in the City, which was 8 degrees above normal a phenomenon, which has not been seen in the City in this month since many years, rendering cooling mechanisms ineffective.

Talking to Hindustan Times over the phone Meteorological Department Bhopal, Director DP Dubey said that southerly wind pattern coupled with anti upper air circulation at lower level in the State has caused excessive heating causing this unprecedented rise in temperature.

He added that warm wind is coming from the southern parts of country, heating the State with temperature soaring all over the State. Dubey reasoned that owing to anti upper air circulation at lower level there is heating of air at lower level and besides this there is no other reason for this unprecedented rise in temperature in the City.

The City had started feeling the intense heat of sun since last three-four days and mercury touched 37.5 degrees yesterday which was seven degrees above normal, forcing the residents to use cooling mechanisms like coolers, fans and air conditioners to combat the intense heat and most of the residents preferred to stay indoors during the day to avoid facing the Sun.

In the afternoon, heat was so intense today that some City roads wore a deserted look and citizens did not dare to come on the road.

According to information received from the weather office in the City, in 2004 temperature did not rise above three degrees above normal and in 2005 temperature did not rise above five degrees above normal in the month of February.

Normally in the month of February weather of the City is more or less akin to that in January and the wind pattern is northerly but in the present circumstances wind pattern has been reversed and has become southerly. By the end of the month minimum temperature reaches 14 degrees under normal circumstances but today the minimum temperature was also exceptionally high at 17.6 degrees, which was seven degrees above normal.

Normally maximum temperature touches 32 degrees in this month. According to the data available in the City maximum temperature recorded in this month in the last decade was 36.8 degrees on February 28, 1985 and lowest temperature of 2.8 degrees was recorded on February 1, 1929.