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Ahmedabad records hottest day in century as mercury hits 48 degrees Celcius

Excessive heat claimed one more life in Ahmedabad — fourth since Monday. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation-run V S Hospital has reported 27 heat-related cases since May 1.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
May 20, 2016 12:23:02 am
summer, heat, intense heat Mother protecting his child from heat during summer. Express photo by Jaipal Singh

With severe heat wave condition prevailing in Gujarat, Ahmedabad recorded its hottest day in a century Thursday when the mercury touched 48 degrees Celsius. Deesa and Gandhinagar too recorded a day temperature of 48 degrees Celsius. Excessive heat claimed one more life in Ahmedabad — fourth since Monday. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation-run V S Hospital has reported 27 heat-related cases since May 1.

“At 48 degrees Celsius, Ahmedabad broke the record of the last 100 years. As per IMD record, on May 27,1916, the city recorded a highest temperature of 47.8 degrees Celsius,” said Jayanta Sarkar, director of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad region. Long-term temperature data of Gandhinagar was not available with the IMD.

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On Thursday, the maximum temperature at Kandla airport, however, dropped from 48.4 degrees Celsius to 47.7 degrees Celsius. Surendranagar recorded a maximum of 47.5 degrees Celsius, while Amreli and Rajkot sizzled at 46.8 degrees Celsius and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively. The severe heat wave warning issued by the IMD has been extended for Friday too. A red heat wave alert has been issued till May 24.

“There is no respite till May 21. After which the temperatures are expected to decline. Till then, the heat wave condition would continue to prevail in the state, majorly affecting north Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch regions,” said Sarkar.

As per IMD forecast, there is no sight of rainfall before the third week of June. “After monsoon hit Kerala on June 7, Gujarat is expected to receive rainfall in the third week of June,” he said. Meanwhile, 60-year-old man from Vejalpur in Ahmedabad died due to heat stroke at V S Hospital. He was admitted on May 14, and died Thursday.

 

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