Lucknow, Feb 23 (UNI) Inordinate heat across Uttar Pradesh may signify an early start of a scorching summer.
The mercury soared to a 43-year high in the state capital.
Lucknow recorded a day time temperature of 35.2 degree celsius yesterday, the highest for any February day as against a maximum temperature of 34.2 degree celsius registered on February 16, 1963, State Met Director R K Verma told UNI here today.
Generally a spring time pleasant temperature hovering between 26-28 degrees has been experienced in February across the state for the last many years, largely due to the north westerlies orginating from the colder regions of the country, he added.
The spring clime this year has undergone a dramatic change with the hot westerlies and south westerlies triggered from Rajasthan and Arabian Sea actuating the abnormal rise in maximum temperatures in the state, ranging between 33 and 35 degrees, which is five to nine degrees above normal, Mr Verma maintained.
The populace of the state reeling under the unprecendented 'heat wave' like conditions is not likely to be given respite by any fresh spell of cool breeze or rain, he said.
Mr Verma further said that the unexpected trend was also visualised by the minimum temperatures generally considered to be the barometer of cold weather. The minimums recorded overnight in the state were in the region of 15-17 degree celsius which is again the five to six degrees above normal during February.
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