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Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram, on Tuesday recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius
Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram, on Tuesday recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius|Representational image
MIZORAM

Aizawl records highest temperatures in 20 years

The hilly northeastern state of Mizoram has been witnessing intense heat wave over the past three days

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram, on Tuesday recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius, which is the highest ever experienced in 20 years since 1999, breaking the Monday’s record of 34.2 degrees Celsius, according to data released by Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), IMD, Guwahati.

According to officials of state science and technology department, the maximum temperature was recorded in the capital on Monday which rose to 34.2 degrees Celsius against the previous record of 34.1 degrees Celsius in April 2015. Temperatures are being recorded in the state since 1999, they said.

While the maximum temperature recorded in Aizawl on Tuesday was 35.2 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius.

The maximum relative humidity was recorded at 93% and minimum humidity was 90% on Tuesday. On Sunday, the city also recorded a high temperature of 34.1 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius, respectively, officials said.

The data released by IMD also forecasted rainfall in this week.

The average temperature of the hilly state is generally between 11 and 21 degrees Celsius during winter and between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius during summer. Officials said that the temperature is likely to soar up in the next couple of days unless there is rainfall.

They added that low-lying areas especially along the state border with Assam used to experience high temperature reaching between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius during summer.