Heat wave sweeps northern and eastern regions; 5 dead
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 21:03
New Delhi: Five people died on Tuesday due to sunstroke as heat wave continued to sweep northern and eastern regions of the country with mercury staying several notches above normal at many places.

All the five deaths occurred in Orissa where Hirakud reeled under intense heat recording a high of 45.5 degree Celsius.

The maximum temperature in Sambalpur and Sundargarh in the state, where the heat wave has claimed 42 lives so far, touched 45.3 and 44.5 degree Celsius respectively, Met office said.

In Rajasthan, Barmer was the hottest place recording a maximum temperature of 44.2 degree celsius followed by Jodhpur at 42.6.

Sriganganagar and Kota recorded maximum of 42.3 degree Celsius each even as Churu received light rain this morning.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the mercury shot up and settled above normal, a day after snow in upper reaches and rains in plains had brought relief to people of the state.

The maximum temperature in winter capital Jammu settled at 38.8 degree, 6.8 degrees above normal. Srinagar recorded a high of 23, 4 degree above normal, the Met office said.

Katra, the base camp for holy Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded a high of 33.7 and a low of 17.9.

However, Ladakh region continues to witness pleasant weather during the day with the maximum temperature settling at 17.6.

In southern part of the country, Andhra capital Hyderabad experienced temperature of the season with mercury touching 42.5 degree.

Met officials warned that the mercury would increase a couple of degrees further with maximum temperature likely to hover around 43 C for today and tomorrow.


First Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 21:03

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