North India sizzles
New Delhi: North India sizzled under severe heat wave conditions with temperatures scaling the 40 degrees celsius mark at many places.
The capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5 degrees celsius, four notches above normal and a minimum of 31.5 degrees celsius.
In Rajasthan, SriGanganagar was recorded as the hottest place recording a maximum of 45.8 degrees celsius.
Churu, Bikaner, Kota and Barmer recorded day temperatures of 44.2, 42.6, 41.4 and 41.2 degrees respectively while other places recorded maximum temperatures between 38 degrees celsius to 40.3 degrees celsius.
Heat wave conditions prevailed in many parts of Uttar Pradesh also. According to the Met office, the day temperatures increased appreciably in Kanpur and Jhansi divisions.
Temperatures were largely above normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Faizabad and Allahabad divisions, markedly above normal in Kanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly and Moradabad divisions.
Himachal Pradesh was also under the grip of a heat wave with day temperatures shooting up to stay three to six degrees above normal in many places.
Paonta Sahib on the banks of river Yamuna sizzled at 44 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal, while Una in the Shivalik foothills recorded 43 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.
The state capital Shimla recorded a high of 30.2 degrees Celsius, 6.2 degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature stayed at 19.9 degrees Celsius.