The Telegraph
Tuesday , May 13 , 2014
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How votes ‘swung’ with the Celsius

Monday’s maximum temperature: 41.4°C, hottest May day in a decade

lVoter turnout: 65.5 per cent by 6pm, polling was on in several booths till late in the evening

lCalcutta recorded brisk voting in the morning before attendance dropped with the ascent of the Celsius. But the turnout was still healthy by the end of the day, which election officials said could finally be three to four per cent more. During the previous Lok Sabha election on May 13, 2009, the Celsius had peaked at 34.1 degrees and the turnout was 65.69 per cent. The hottest May day was May 25, 1945, when the mercury touched 43.3°C.