Blistering heatwave grips North, 2 dead

Blistering heatwave grips North, 2 dead

The blistering heat wave that has gripped North India claimed two lives as the region continued to bake with mercury hovering over 45 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in most areas of the region, including the national capital.

A rag picker and a beggar were found dead due to suspected heat stroke in Jaipur, which has been sizzling with extremely high temperature for the last one week, officials said on Tuesday. Mercury stayed several notches above normal in almost all parts of the northern region affecting normal life.

There was no respite from intense heatwave for Delhiites as mercury settled at 45.2 degrees Celsius, which was six notches above normal, a day after it had touched 45.5 — the hottest June temperature in the last ten years.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 28.1 degrees Celsius, which was normal for this part of the season.

The heat wave conditions are expected to remain for at least two more days. The Met office said mercury is expected to remain in the 43-45 degrees bracket till June 12.

Heatwave conditions also prevailed over western parts of Uttar Pradesh even as eastern part of the state saw light to moderate rains accompanied by thundershowers.

Banda was hottest in the state with maximum temperature soaring to 48.2 degrees while Allahabad recorded a high of 47.5 degrees and Lucknow 44.9 degrees. In Rajasthan, however, mercury dropped by one to three degrees at some places due to dust storm.

Punjab and Haryana also reeled under intense heatwave conditions with mercury soaring by several notches above normal in most parts of the two states. Hisar in Haryana and Ludhiana in Punjab recorded a high of 46 degrees each.

Among other places in Haryana, Ambala had a high of 44.6 degrees, up by six notches above normal while Karnal recorded the maximum temperature at 45 degrees, up by seven degrees above normal.

In Punjab, Amritsar experienced a heatwave at 45.6 degrees, up by six notches above normal while in Patiala the mercury settled at 45.1 degrees.

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