At 50.8 degrees Celsius, Churu logs highest-ever temperature in Rajasthan

Burning heatwave situations gripped large swathes of the nation on Saturday as the mercury go across the 50-degree mark in Rajasthan’s Churu, while a number of other places underwent maximum temperatures noticeably above normal with the weatherman saying there is not going to be relief until next week.

Heatwave conditions claim one life in Rajasthan’s Churu as temperature soars to 49°C, IMD issues countrywide warning

The national capital on the other hand has also battled the weather conditions in the “red category” as the maximum temperature logged at the Palam observatory was 46.1C, as per to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The Safdarjung observatory documented a maximum of 43.5C.

On Friday also, the IMD issued the highest “red-colour” warning for the city. Mahesh Palawat of the Skymet Weather said heatwave conditions is going to keep it up in Delhi for another week and the maximum temperature is going to hover around 46 degrees Celsius.

In the western part of the desert state of Rajasthan, Churu was the hottest place in the nation at 50.8 degrees Celsius, having nine notches above normal, as per to the MeT department office in Jaipur.

The full state go round and round under extreme heatwave conditions with Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Kota with recording their maximums at 49, 47.9, 47.2 and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively. Jodhpur, Jaipur as well as Barmer registered their maximum day temperatures at 45.6, 45.2, 44.5 degrees Celsius.

While talking about Uttar Pradesh, the highest maximum temperature was recorded in Banda which was at 48.4 degrees Celsius. A number of areas in the state were reeled under heatwave conditions.

The IMD said heatwave to extreme heatwave situations are very probable to prevail over Rajasthan, Vidarbha as well as Madhya Pradesh for the duration of the next five days and over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi as well as south Uttar Pradesh for the period of the next three.

A heat wave is usually affirmed when the maximum temperature remains over 45 degrees Celsius for two repeated days.

Heatwave conditions also stepped up in Punjab and Haryana, with Narnaul (Haryana) scorching at 47.2 degrees Celsius. Hisar experienced intense heatwave situations at 45.6 degrees Celsius, three notches exceeding normal, as per a meteorological department report.

In Punjab, Amritsar and Ludhiana reeled under severe heatwave situations with 45.7 and 44.1 degrees Celsius, up by five degrees above normal, individually. Union Territory Chandigarh, which is also the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, sizzled at 42.4 degrees Celsius, which is three degrees above normal.

Not only in plain areas but also in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, at least four places documented their maximum temperatures that was more than 40 degrees Celsius. The hottest place recorded in the state was Una at 44.9 followed by Bilaspur 43, Hamirpur 40.6, Mandi 40.5 degrees Celsius.

On the other hand, the capital of the state that is Shimla and a number of other parts of the state got some relief from the roasting heat as thundershowers go along with with gusty winds came towards the evening, Shimla MeT Centre Director Manmohan Singh said.

In Odisha, Jharsuguda as well as Angul in the western region of the state recorded highest temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius and 42.1 degrees Celsius, individually.

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