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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

The mercury is on the rise across India, as the nation braces for its first heatwave of 2020 while it remains under lockdown: Temperatures of 44 C (111 F) expected.

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The mercury is on the rise across India, as the nation braces for its first heatwave of 2020 while it remains under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A northward shift in the jet stream will allow the storm track to remain well to the north. This will allow spring sunshine to continue this week across northern and central India, as well as into parts of Pakistan.

Afternoon temperatures climbed well above 38 C (100 F) in parts of the country on Sunday. Hoshangabad, New Kandla and Surendranagar reported high temperatures of 44 C (111 F). Forecasters say during the upcoming stretch of hot weather this week, high temperatures near 38 C (100 F) or above can be expected in much of the country.

Without many storms to clear the air, pollution levels will increase, worsening the air quality at times. However, the amount of pollution in India, and many other places around the world, has been lessened as communities go on lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Because this stretch of heat is coming in mid-April, temperatures will still be able to fall to more comfortable levels at night and the humidity will remain relatively low," said Houk. The comfortable weather overnight will result in temperatures settling into the middle 20s C (mid- to upper 70s F). Accu Weather

Two years ago a heatwave of temperatures in the mid forty deg C lasted for the whole month of April killing more than 100 people in India and Pakistan after powerful storms unleashed dust, lightning, hail, rain and high winds. TBW

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