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Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: March was third warmest in 121 years in terms of monthly average maximum temperature, the India Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar Centre said on Monday.

The IMD, in its review for the month, said the observed monthly average maximum, minimum and mean temperature for the country as a whole during March this year are 32.65 degrees Celsius, 19.95 degrees Celsius and 26.30 degrees Celsius, respectively, against the normal 31.24 degrees Celsius, 18.87 degrees Celsius and 25.06 degrees Celsius based on the climatology period 1981-2010.

“The all India average monthly maximum temperature during March 2021 with 32.65 degrees Celsius is the warmest in the last 11 years, and third warmest in the last 121 years with 2010 and 2004 as the ever warmest and second warmest month with 33.09 degrees Celsius and 32.82 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the IMD said.

Several parts of the country had recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in March.

On March 31, Bhubaneswar broke a 73 year record when the maximum temperature went up to 44.2 degree Celsius, the highest recorded temperature for the month of March ever since its formation as the State Capital in 1948.

The previously recorded maximum temperature for the month was 42.2 degree Celsius on March 21, 2016, according to the Regional Meteorological Centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Today, six places in Odisha witnessed day temperature of 40 degree Celsius and above. The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack recorded maximum temperature of 37.5 deg C and 36 deg C respectively.

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