Vijayapura sizzles at 42.5 degree Celsius

Vijayapura sizzles at 42.5 degree Celsius

Vijayapura sizzles at 42.5 degree Celsius

The city recorded its highest maximum temperature for April in recent years, at 42.5°C, on Saturday.

It was the hottest summer day in recent years. The maximum temperature in the summer has hovered around 42°C in the district in the last few years. People are neither able to stay indoors nor come out of their houses after 9 am. The ground - heated by sun rays during day time - gives out the heat at nightfall. Residents are able to catch some sleep in the early hours. Weather experts say the city has become a heat island, with the temperature 1 or 2°C more than the outskirts.

H Venkatesh, head of the weather centre of the agriculture university at Hitnalli on the city outskirts, said the district had recorded 43°C on May 12 and 19 in 2010. The temperatures were between 40°C and 41°C in March 1996 and March 2004. They were between 40°C and 42°C in March and April this year, Venkatesh said.