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People perspire as temperatures soar in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Feb 22 (UNI) Rajasthan is witnessing unusually high temperatures in February this year with winter having completely receded from the state.

Morning temperature in the state capital today was 16 degrees Celsius, which is four degrees above normal. Yesterday the maximum temperature was 34.4 degrees Celsius, seven degrees above normal.

Every year, weather remains pleasant in February and summer usually creeps in the first week of March. But with February afternoons recording abnormally high temperatures, people here already switched on their fans and getting their ACs and coolers serviced.

''The hot afternoons witnessed in March end are already here in February. Imagine what would happen in May and June,'' says Suman Pathak, a bank executive.

Heat across the state is rising with temperature touching 37 degrees in Barmer-Churu region. While in Ajmer, Dabok and Jodhpur, the average maximum temperature was recorded 36 degrees Celsius, it was 35 in Bikaner and 34 in Kota yesterday.

The weather officials say the reason behind this unusual rise of temperature is the creation of an air pressure over the state.

The winds come from northern parts but this year, the winds are blowing in from southern and south-western parts where the temperatures are high. That is why the temperaturea are soaring in February itself, they added.

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