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Uttarakhand records hottest March & April in Past 30 years

The months of March and April (till date) in Uttarakhand have turned out to be the warmest in the last 30 years, according to the regional meteorological center. the prolonged dry weather and high-temperature levels have also increased the rate of snow melting in the hills.
Unlike in previous years, there is no snow left at high-altitude places like Badrinath and Kedarnath. Besides, snow is melting rapidly along the route of Hemkund SAhib, the revered Sikh shrine in the Garhwal Himalaya. The regional branch of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the average temperatures between March 1 and April 20 have been settling at least 5-7 degrees above normal, in both the plains and hills of Uttarakhand. For instance, the maximum temperature in Dehradun on Wednesday was recorded at 38.6 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal, and the minimum temperature was 20.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.
This last happened in March 2004, though for a lesser duration, when temperatures remained above normal by 4-6  degrees Celsius for 15 days. "That year, a 100% rain deficit was recorded in March although the state received some respite after 40 mm rainfall in the next month in Aril, as against the expected 30 mm," said Bikram Singh, director of the Met office.
"On the basis of the data of the last 31 years, we can conclude that the months of March and April this year have been hottest, with the average temperatures settling way above normal continuously," Singh told. 
High-altitude places like Badrinath and Kedarnath, which are usually covered in snow at this time of the year, have little snow left this year.

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