Heatwave scorches states; India's 10 hottest places

By Tasso Konia
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Several Indian states are experiencing scorching conditions as a result of a lack of rainfall caused by dry westerly winds. The frequency of strong heatwave conditions will be higher in April than in March, according to the meteorological service.

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of India Meteorological Department, predicts that heatwaves would be more strong and more frequent in Northwest India and bordering regions of central India in April.

"We expect temperatures to be higher than average throughout entire northwest India and bordering central India, beginning with Gujarat, Rajasthan, and extending up to east Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh," he said at a virtual event on Wednesday.

According to weather forecasting business Skymetweather.com, Gujarat and Rajasthan account for seven of India's 10 hottest cities right now, with temperatures above 44 degrees Celsius in all seven cities.

Here are the 10 hottest places in India on Friday (April 8):

State City Maximum temperature (Celsius)
Gujarat Kandla 45.0
Rajasthan Barmer 44.9
Rajasthan Phalodi 44.8
Rajasthan Jaisalmer 44.4
Gujarat Sundranagar 44.4
Rajasthan Sri Ganganagar 44.3
Rajasthan Bikaner 44.0
Madhya Pradesh Khargone 44.0
Maharashtra Akola 43.9
Maharashtra Jalgaon 43.8

Meanwhile, the meteorological office issued an orange alert Saturday, warning of a 'severe heatwave' in the national capital for the next two days with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 42 degrees Celsius as India recorded its warmest March in 122 years.


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