Mercury crosses 45 degrees mark at many places in state


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal With the start of Nautapa, the state continues to be in grip of intense heat and many districts have been hit by heat wave. Khajuraho recorded a blistering 47.5 degrees Celsius —the highest in the country on Thursday, while Naugaon recorded temperature of 47 Degrees. State capital’s day temperature continued to be over 44 degree Celsius on Thursday.Heat wave condition continued to prevail in MP since the last few days and many districts continued to be in grip of heat wave. The weather of entire Northwest and Central India is almost dry. Two persons have died of heatstroke in Madhya Pradesh in the past 48 hours. All of Bundelkhand is in the grip of extreme heat wave conditions with the mercury crossing the 45-degree mark. A heat wave warning was issued for Bhopal as well on Thursday,where the temperature was a scorching 44.2 degrees. Bundelkhand is also facing one of the worst droughts in recent years, making life miserable for people in the region. Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district, an international tourist destination, was one of the very few places in the country where the mercury crossed 47 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Nowgaon boiled at 47° for 2nd day. About 65km away, Nowgaon, in the same district, was boiling at 47 degrees for the second consecutive day. On Wednesday, it was 46.7 degrees Celsius in Nowgaon, 4.2 degrees Celsius above normal. Winds are also blowing from northwest and west direction. These dry and hot winds have increased the temperatures over MP and other adjoining states. Thus, all these regions are under the grip of heatwave conditions now. Bhopal recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius while it recorded a minimum temperature of 30.4 degree Celsius. Indore recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 27.4 degree Celsius. The worst affected due to heat wave include Guna, Shajapur, Rajgarh, Chhattarpur, Satna, Gwalior, Damoh, Khandwa, Khargone, Sheopurkalan, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh districts. Similarly, heat wave is likely to hit Sagar, Gwalior, Chambal divisions and Satna, Rewa, Umaria,Raisen, Rajgarh, Khandwa, Khargone, Shajapur and Bhopal. According to meteorological department, heat wave conditions are expected to persist over MP until May 28 or May 29. Until then, the residents of these regions will witness scorching heat wave like conditions. During that time, pre-Monsoon activities will once again commence over many parts of Northwest and Central India. Therefore, a marginal decrease in temperatures is expected which would abate heat wave from some parts of these regions during that time.