Gujarat reels under heatwave like condition; temperatures to remain above normal

March 1, 2018 3:28 PM |

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The month of February and March are dry winter months for the state of Gujarat. Due to persistent dry weather, the temperatures generally remain above normal during these two months. For the last 3-4 days also, above normal temperatures have been prevailing over the state.

Most pockets of the state, be it the coastline or mainland, the temperatures are settling 4-6 degrees above the normal levels. However, the coastal stations during this time generally do not record very high temperatures. Due to proximity to the Arabian Sea, the coastal belt of the state experiences discomfort levels in terms of humidity, high temperatures are suppressed due to the water body.

Despite this, Bhuj and Surat have recorded an all-time high-temperature yesterday leading to heatwave-like conditions. The maximum temperature of Bhuj was 38.6°C and Surat at 39.2°C, both above normal by 6 degrees and 5 degrees respectively. In fact, most of the other stations of the state also witnessed the temperatures settling way beyond the normal.

On February 28, the maximum temperature of Amreli and Porbandar was 38°C each, Vadodara 37.8°C, Idar 37.7°C, Rajkot 37.3°C, and Kandla witnessed the daytime high at 37.1°C.


As per Skymet Weather, due to the movement of the Western Disturbance over Pakistan and Rajasthan, the band of medium and high clouds can be seen thereby increasing the cloud cover over the state. This system is responsible for bringing some changes in the wind pattern.

Skymet Weather further reiterates that now, the temperatures are not expected to witness more rise. In fact, the change in the wind pattern is likely to bring down the maximums marginally in the next 24 hours but would remain above normal.

Despite a cloud cover, rains are not anticipated to occur over the region. However, hot and windy conditions are expected to continue at most places. After 24 hours, the clouding would also start clearing up leading to clear sky conditions.

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