Mercury rises in the state; Idar boils at 45 degree C

Heat wave conditions prevailed in North Gujarat region with Idar town of Sabarkantha district recording a temperature of 45 degree Celsius for the first time this season, officials said.

Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 15:50 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Heat wave conditions prevailed
in North Gujarat region with Idar town of Sabarkantha district
recording a temperature of 45 degree Celsius for the first
time this season, officials of the Indian Meteorological
Department (IMD) said here Thursday.

"The winds are blowing in northwesterly to northerly
direction at low level over the Gujarat region. This dry wind
tend to increase the temperature," IMD director Dr Kamaljeet
Ray said.

"Heat wave conditions would prevail in parts of
Gujarat region during next twenty four hours. After that the
temperatures are likely to come down following western
disturbances," she said.

Ray said that it was for the first time this season
that the mercury has risen to 45 degree Celsius, recorded in
Idar, in the region.

This temperature (in Idar) is about four degrees
above normal. Generally 41-42 degrees is normal at this time
of the year, she added.

Besides Idar, above 40 degree Celsius temperature was
recorded in cities like Ahmedabad (41.9), Vadodara (43), Deesa
(42.4), Amreli (42), Gandhinagar (41.5), Surendranagar (41.7),
Vallabh Vidhyanagar (41.8) and Bhavnagar (41).

PTI