New Delhi: North and East India sizzled as
temperatures remained above normal at most places with the capital Delhi scorching at 42.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
While the maximum was three degrees above normal, the minimum temperature at 28.6 was one notch above the normal.
Heat wave prevailed over parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. The temperature was above normal in Faizabad and Allahabad divisions and above normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Kanpur.
The maximum temperature was appreciably above normal in Bareilly, Moradabad, Meerut, Jhansi divisions. The highest maximum temperature in the state was 46.2 degrees celsius recorded at Allahabad.
In Rajasthan, Sri Ganganagar was the hottest place recording a maximum of 44.2 degrees Celsius.
Bikaner, Barmer, Churu and Kota recorded day temperatures of 42.7, 42, 41.8 and 40.1 degrees Celsius respectively while other places recorded maximums between 37.4 degrees Celsius to 39.6 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday, the prevailing heat wave in parts of the country claimed the lives of two persons, including that of a CRPF constable who was involved in combing operations against Maoists.
CRPF head constable Jagdish Ram suffered a heat stroke while participating in a combing operation against Maoists in Bihar`s Munger district.
He was taken to a Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Kharagpur where he died during treatment. Ram was a native of Punjab.
The second person to die was a candidate for the post of constable in Kolkata who collapsed in intense heat during physical tests five days ago.