Rajasthan sizzles; rain kills 2 in UP

Parts of Haryana and Punjab also reel under intense heatwave

Rajasthan sizzles; rain kills 2 in UP
Heatwave continued to sweep several parts of the country with Churu and Sriganganagar in Rajasthan scorching at 49.2 degrees Celsius even as some regions of Bihar and Odisha received rainfall.

Two persons were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district as strong winds and thunder showers hit several parts of the state. While one died in a tree fall incident, the other was struck by lightning, police said.

Churu and Sriganganagar sizzled at 49.2 degrees Celsius followed by Kota (47.3). Mercury in Rajasthan’s Phalodi came down to 46 degrees Celsius from the 50 degrees mark.

Bikaner and Jaisalmer recorded the maximum temperature of 46.7 and 44.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Parts of Haryana and Punjab also reeled under intense heatwave conditions with Hisar scorching at 47.8 degrees Celsius.

Gujarat saw a little respite from heat on Saturday, with mercury levels that reached 48 degree celsius in Ahmedabad and state capital Gandhinagar on Thursday, coming down to 44 and 43.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Odisha, Bhawanipatna was hottest at 44 degrees Celsius followed by Titlagarh at 43.5 degrees Celsius, an Met official said.

Cyclone Roanu made a landfall on Saturday at Bangladesh’s southern coast, killing 15 people and injuring over 100 in that country.

In India, the effect of the cyclone was felt in parts of Bihar, Odisha and a few areas of Bengal.

Paradip received heavy rainfall due to the cyclonic influence, of about 163.9 mm while Puri and parts of Bhubaneswar got 80.8 mm and 32.4 mm of rain, respectively.

In Delhi, intense heatwave conditions continued, making life tough for people who also bore the brunt of long power outages in some areas. The maximum temperature was recorded at 41.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

Meanwhile, the IMD said heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are very likely at a few places in Rajasthan, western Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha. Heat wave conditions are very likely at isolated places in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat region and east Madhya Pradesh.

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