The death toll due to the prevailing heatwave condition across the country climbed to 1,875 on Friday.
Delhi recorded 42 degrees Celsius, while Kota in Rajasthan saw 44.6 degrees Celsius followed by 43.9 degrees Celsius in capital Jaipur.
Punjab and Haryana also recorded temperatures in the range of 40-44 degrees Celsius at most places. Heatwave conditions prevailed over many parts in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda in Telangana claiming 24 more lives on Friday.
In Telangana, a total of 24 people, including 5 in Medak, 5 in Nalgonda, 4 in Karimnagar, 2 in Adilabad, 2 in Warangal, 2 in Nizamabad and 2 in Mahbubnagar, died of heat stroke. In Andhra Pradesh (AP), 6 people, including 2 in Krishna, 2 in Chittoor, 1 in Srikakulam, and 1 in Prakasam, died due to the extreme weather conditions.The 26-day peak summer in Tamil Nadu, also known as Kathiri season, ended on Friday with the mercury hovering above the 40 degree mark in several districts.
The maximum temperature was around 43 degrees Celsius in Tirutanni of Thiruvallur district. Chennai recorded a high of 42 degrees Celsius on May 26.Though a short spell of rain was reported a few days back, the people of Chennai are already reeling under intense weather conditions.
“The heatwave will continue for couple of days. Once the south-west monsoon, which is expected to hit Kerala on Saturday, intensifies the temperature will gradually reduce to about 35 degree Celsius,” a senior Met official said.
The official said, “Thunderstorm accompanied with squall may occur at isolated places over north-interior Tamil Nadu and south-interior Karnataka.”