doon: Doon records hottest June day in 6 years; Heat Wave Alert Sounded For 48 Hours | Dehradun News
The capital recorded 40.7 degrees Celsius on Monday while the maximum temperature stood at 41.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the highest temperature recorded for the month of June in the past decade. The last time the temperature level rose so high was on June 2, 2012, when the mercury reached 42.1 degrees Celsius in Dehradun, according to data from the regional meteorological center.
Apart from Dehradun, several other places in Uttarakhand are experiencing heatwave-like conditions. Pantnagar in Udham Singh Nagar district has also been reeling from harsh summer conditions this week with maximum temperature hovering around 40 degrees Celsius.
The hills are also experiencing soaring temperatures. For example, Mukteshwar recorded a maximum temperature of 30.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, six notches above normal.
Similarly, in Almora, the maximum temperature crossed the 35 degree Celsius mark on Tuesday.
“Temperature levels have increased in both hills and plains of Uttarakhand due to dry weather conditions. There might be further increase in temperature in the coming days as there is no rain in sight in the next 5-7 days,” said Bikram Singh, director of the regional meteorological center.
Based on the weather conditions, the Met office has issued an orange heat wave alert to a few locations in the hills and plains of the Himalayan state over the next 48 hours. “The heat wave conditions will persist between June 7 and June 9,” Bikram Singh said. He added that the heatwave conditions are likely to damage crops and vegetables and could also lead to an increase in forest fires.