Guwahati: Residents of Guwahati in Assam on Wednesday faced one of the hottest days in recent history as temperature crossed 38.6 degrees Celsius, 6.4 degrees above normal.
According to media reports, Wednesday registered the highest maximum and minimum temperature recorded in the city of Guwahati ever since the meteorological centre was established in Guwahati on July 23, 1949, about 70 years ago.
There was no respite from the heat in the city as the minimum temperature on Wednesday reached 27.8 degrees Celsius. The last highest maximum temperature was recorded on August 25, 2016 and the highest minimum temperature was recorded on August 21, 2016 which was 21.8 degrees Celsius.
However, for the next 24 hours, the IMD forecasts partially cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder and lightning in the city and its adjoining areas.
Dibrugarh registered 35 degrees Celsius, Tezpur 36 degrees and Silchar registered 37 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, SO Shaw, deputy director, Regional Meteorological Centre, said, “After that (from August 7) it is expected that cloudiness will increase with a few spells of rain and thundershowers and temperature will decrease.”
The well-marked low pressure area now lies over northwest Bay of Bengal adjoining north Odisha and West Bengal coasts with the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above the mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height, Shaw said.
“Moderate rain or thundershowers is very likely to occur at many places over Assam and Meghalaya, and light to moderate rain and thundershowers is very likely to occur at a few places over Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura,” the 24-hour weather forecast said.