State swelters under intense heat on polling day

Bhopal: The state of Madhya Pradesh sweltered under intense heat during the polling day, with daytime temperatures ranging between 40 to 43 degrees Celsius. Cities such as Bhopal, Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, Rajgarh, Guna, Betul, Vidisha, and Sagar bore the brunt of scorching heat waves.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported clear weather in the northwestern and southern regions of the state on Tuesday, exacerbating the heat’s impact. Heat wave alerts were issued for May 8th and 9th.

A day earlier on Monday, temperatures soared past 43 degrees Celsius for the first time in five cities of the state – Damoh, Tikamgarh, Khajuraho, Satna, and Nowgong. Nowgong recorded the highest temperature at 43.7 degrees Celsius, while Damoh, Tikamgarh-Khajuraho, and Satna hovered around 43 degrees Celsius. Consequently, hot winds swept through these areas, with preceding warm nights reported in many cities.

IMD noted an active western disturbance over Iran, along with two cyclonic circulations and a trough line, contributing to cloud formation.

May 7th witnessed intense heat in western Madhya Pradesh, with some eastern districts experiencing light rain accompanied by thunder, lightning, and strong winds. Thunderstorm conditions were forecasted to persist on May 8th and 9th, alongside the continuation of the heat wave.

Forecast for the Next Two Days

May 8th: Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ratlam, Ujjain, Jhabua, Dhar, Barwani, Khargone, and Khandwa may endure the heat wave, while clouds are expected to linger in Chhindwara, Pandhurna, Seoni, Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori, and Umariya.

May 9th: Thunder and lightning are anticipated in Indore, Ratlam, Alirajpur, Dhar, Barwani, Khargone, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Harda, Betul, Satna, Rewa, Mauganj, Sidhi, Singrauli, Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori, and Anuppur districts.

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