Soaring mercury dampens campaigning

Soaring mercury dampens campaigning

Soaring mercury has impacted the pace of electoral campaigning in Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra with temperatures hovering between 38 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius. 

Political workers were seen near sugarcane juice and cold beverage stalls, sipping sugary drinks to beat the heat.

The sudden spike in mercury levels since Sunday has come as a shocker with people experiencing mid-May weather conditions.

The commercial capital of Mumbai recorded maximum temperatures between 39-40 degrees Celsius.

This is the fifth time in the last 11 years that day temperature has reached 40 degree Celsius in Mumbai, according to Skymet Weather.

The weathermen said that the scorching heat in Mumbai was because of the flow of dry and hot winds from north-east direction.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre of the IMD, Nagpur recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius, while the twin districts of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur in Vidarbha recorded 39 degrees Celsius. In Akola in Vidarbha, Parbhani in Marathwada and Jalgaon in North Maharashtra, the maximum temperature was 40 degree Celsius.