| A biker and his pillion rider brave the rain in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 21: Rain in Guwahati and other parts of western Assam this afternoon brought down the scorching temperature of the past three days.
In most districts of the state, maximum temperature touched nearly 35 degrees Celsius, which compounded with a high level of humidity, made it difficult for people to bear the heat.
Yesterday Guwahati recor-ded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 26 degrees Celsius. The humidity was recor-ded at 90 per cent.
Today’s rain helped to bring the temperature down to 33.7 degrees Celsius. The humidity was, however, 95 per cent.
Yesterday, the maximum temperature in most places was above 30 degrees Celsius. While Dibrugarh recorded a maximum of 35.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 25.6 degrees Celsius, Tezpur recorded a maximum of 34.9 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 27.8 degrees Celsius and Silchar recorded a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 25.3 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperatures in Dhubri, Jorhat and North Lakhimpur was 32.1 degrees Celsius, 34.2 degrees Celsius and 36.6 degrees Celsius respectively. The minimum temperatures in these three districts stood at 26.4 degrees Celsius, 26.5 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius respectively.
The Met department has warned of rain in the next 24 hours in different parts of the state. “It rained mostly in western Assam today. We cannot say specifically about other parts of the state as we have not received the data yet. But the rain definitely helped in lowering the heat experienced during the past three days. There is also a probability of more rain in the next 24 hours,” a Regional Meteorology Centre official, S. Das, said.
According to weathermen, the high temperature experienced between August 18 and 20 occurred because of a depression in the northwest Bay of Bengal and the adjoining areas.
“As a result, the moisture laden winds that blow towards the northeastern region got diverted towards the depression. As such, the weather became very hot and humid. But this is a temporary phenomenon and the temperatures will gradually decrease once these winds start blowing towards the land,” Das said.