Less rainfall, high humidity shoot up mercury
GUWAHATI, Aug 7 – The rise in the maximum (day) temperature is making these August days uncomfortable for the Guwahatians. However, the Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) maintains that no abnormality has been observed in this rise in the city’s maximum temperature.
Regional Meteorology Centre’s (RMC’s) acting Deputy Director General H Pathak said that these days the day temperature in the city has recorded a rise of around 3 degree Celsius above its normal for the period. But this cannot be described as an abnormal situation, he said.
This rise in the maximum temperature is attributable to the less rainfall received by the city during the past week. To add to the discomfort of the people, the percentage of humidity in the atmosphere is also high— between 80 per cent and 90 per cent. Moreover, the drastically reduced green cover and the expanding built-up areas of the city are also contributing to this day temperature-related development, he said.
The RMC official ruled out any possibility of a heavy shower over any part of the NE region during the next 48 hours.
Claiming that the present situation is not at all abnormal, the RMC official said that on August 11, 2006, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degree Celsius. On August 8, 2008, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 37.3 degree Celsius. On August 10, 2007, it recorded a maximum temperature of 37.2 degree Celsius and on August 12, 2004, it recorded a maximum temperature of 35.8 degree Celsius.
Against the above, the city is recording these days a maximum temperature, which is restricted within 35 degree Celsius and 35.6 degree Celsius. Today the city recorded a maximum temperature of 35.6 degree Celsius. On August 5 and 6, it recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degree Celsius, said Pathak.
Source: The Assam Tribune