Intense heat wave sears north, central India, Phalodi at 51° C

A severe heatwave is likely across north India.  Photo:
A severe heatwave is likely across north India.

Many states are coping with hot conditions as mercury went up to record highs at many places throwing normal life out of gear.

Phalodi in Rajasthan on 19 May baked at 51° C the highest temperature posted since 1956. Churu recorded 50.2° C , Bikaner and Barmer at 49.5° C, Sriganganagar at 49.1° C, Jaisalmer at 49° C, Kota at 48.2° C and Jaipur at 46.5° C on 19 May.

In Ahmedabad, intense heat conditions broke a 100-year-old record with the maximum temperature touching 48° C.

In Uttar Pradesh, sultry conditions dominated due to dry weather and intense heat wave. Banda recording 47.2° C was the hottest place for the third consecutive day. It was followed by Allahabad at 46.7° C, Jhansi 46.4° C and Orai 46° C.

Delhi residents are also reeling under hot conditions. Frequent power cuts in some parts of the city have only added to the people’s woes. Delhi’s power demand broke all previous records and reached the 6,000MW-mark.

Haryana and Punjab are also in the grip of a strong heat wave. Hisar recorded 46.8° C, five degrees above the normal.

The weatherman had warned of intense heat wave in Gujarat, west and east Rajasthan, west and east UP, Vidarbha, west and east Madhya Pradesh in the next three days.