Delhi boils at 52-yr high temperature

Heat wave threw normal life out of gear in the national capital with the mercury shooting up to 43.7 degree Celsius, a 52-year high for this month.

The maximum was eight degree above normal for this time of the year and also the highest in this season. The low also recorded a high for the month at 26.5 degree Celsius, six degrees above normal. The minimum was also the highest during this month.

Heat wave toll in UP 35

Heat wave conditions continued to persist in Uttar Pradesh with the mercury soaring to 45 degrees Celsius even as 35 people were killed in the incidents of fire and heat stroke in the state over the past few days.

While Banda at 44.8 degrees Celsius remained the hottest place in the state, temperatures hovered around 43-44 degrees at various places, according to the met department officials.

In Bulandshahar district as many as six black bucks have died of thirst as there is severe scarcity of water in the forests.

Meanwhile, 30 people have been killed in incidents of fire, especially in the rural areas. Hundreds of acres of standing wheat crops have been destroyed. At least five people have died of heat stroke in the state.

Mercury settled at 29.6 degree Celsius, highest in the past decade, in the ‘Queen of Hills’ — Shimla (in Himachal Pradesh).

Situation was no better in other parts of the hill state. Una was the hottest with maximum temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius followed by Sundernagar at 39.9 degree Celsius and Mandi (36.7 degree Celsius).

Heat wave continued unabated in Rajasthan with most of the places reeling at over 40 degree Celsius.

Ganganagar was the hottest with 47.0 degree Celsius followed by Kota and Jaisalmer at 45.7 degree Celsius each. ‘Pink City’ Jaipur recorded a temperature of 44.1 degree Celsius.

In Haryana, intense heat continued to sweep the state with Hisar recording the highest temperature at 45.8 degree Celsius, the hottest ever in 52 years.

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