New Delhi: North India reeled under severe heatwave conditions on Thursday, with Jaipur experiencing the hottest day in June in 33 years at 46.3 degrees Celsius and the national capital recording the season`s highest temperature of 44.7 degrees.
It was also the season`s hottest day in Jammu with a temperature of 43.6 degrees Celsius, while Allahabad reeled under 46.1 degrees.
Delhiites had to sweat it out as the maximum temperature was four degrees above normal, and humidity oscillated between 22 and 63 per cent. The previous highest for the season was recorded on May 29 when the temperature was 43.7 degrees here.
The MeT office said that today`s temperature in Delhi was the highest for the day in five years. In Rajasthan, relentless heatwave conditions affected normal life, with day temperature ranging between 43.6 and 47.4 degrees Celsius. Bikaner recorded a maximum of 47.4 degrees Celsius, the highest in the desert state.
The Pink City experienced the hottest day in June since 1981, according to records available at the MeT office in Jaipur which was established that year.
In Uttar Pradesh too, there was no respite from the scorching heat, with the weatherman forecasting that the dry weather will continue over the state.
According to the MeT office in Lucknow, day temperatures shot up in Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Jhansi and Meerut divisions.
The maximum temperature in Jammu was up by 1.3 degrees since yesterday. The day temperature has been increasing daily for the past few days in Jammu.
Blistering heatwave conditions also prevailed in Punjab and Haryana, with the mercury rising up to several notches above normal in most parts of both the states.
Haryana`s Hisar, the hottest place in the region, sizzled at 46 degrees Celsius, the MeT department in Chandigarh said.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 45.6 degrees, five notches above normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a high of 45.4 and 44.8 degrees.
The Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 43.8 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.
In the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, the lower reaches reeled under scorching heat, with Una sizzling at 44.3 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.
Sundernagar recorded a maximum temperature of 39.3 degrees Celsius, while Dharamsala recorded a maximum of 33.8 and Shimla?30.9 degrees Celsius.