Record-breaking heatwave sweeps Nepal; four locations witness unprecedented high temperatures

This week, Okhaldhunga, Dharan, Kanyam and Dumkauli broke temperature records.

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Kathmandu: Nepal is currently grappling with a severe heat as several regions experience scorching temperatures. 

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has reported that four locations in Nepal have recently shattered their previous temperature records.

In Okhaldhunga, a district located in eastern Nepal, temperatures soared to 31.1 degrees Celsius on Monday, 31.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, and 31 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. These figures surpassed the previous record of 30.9 degrees Celsius registered on April 28, 1999.

Dharan, situated in Sunsari district, faced an astonishing heatwave with temperatures reaching a scorching 39.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. This broke the previous record of 38.8 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on April 12, 2013.

The town of Kanyam, located in the Illam district, also experienced a significant rise in temperature. On Tuesday, the mercury soared to 30 degrees Celsius, surpassing the previous record of 29 degrees Celsius set on July 30, 1973.

In Dumkauli, a region within the Nawalparasi district, the heatwave intensified with temperatures soaring to a staggering 43.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. This new record surpassed the previous high of 43.7 degrees Celsius, which was documented on June 5, 1979.

As the heatwave persists, the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology urges citizens to stay informed about weather updates and follow guidelines provided by local authorities. 

The government and relevant agencies are closely monitoring the situation and working towards implementing sustainable measures to address the adverse effects of the heatwave.