Hottest March day in seven years

Chandrapur in Maharashtra recorded a maximum of 43.8 degrees Celsius and was the second hottest place in India while Bankura in West Bengal was the third hottest with 43.4 degrees Celsius, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.

The national capital today witnessed the hottest morning of the season in the past five years at 23.7 degrees Celsius, six notches above the average. The change in winds, clear sky conditions over the northwest and adjoining central India and approaching western disturbance with only mallow effects over the Himalayan regions are being attributed to the sizzling effect in the rest of the India. "However, heatwave conditions are prevailing in isolated parts of the city".

However, he warns that this is not the end of the heat as the summer months are yet to arrive.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a high of 10.8 degrees Celsius and a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman added.

Experts asked people to take special care while stepping out in such weather conditions in order to avoid dehydration. In the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, day temperatures have started shooting up. March 22, 2010 was the hottest day in 10 years at 39.2 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in the city was 12.2 degrees Celsius against yesterday's 8.5 degrees Celsius which is also six degrees above normal. The maximum temperature in Jammu increased by a degree to settle at 34.1 degrees Celsius which is five degrees above normal, a Met official said.

On being asked if the extreme temperature can be called a heatwave, Mr. Vishen said, "For the MeT department to declare it a heatwave, temperatures need to have crossed 40 degrees Celsius and need to be between 4-6.4 degrees above normal".

Amreli in Gujarat sizzles at 43 degrees Celsius, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh at 41.6 degrees Celsius and Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh at 42.1 degrees Celsius.