Large swathes of the country seared under record high temperatures on Monday with the mercury touching 48 degrees Celsius in Delhi, the highest for June, and hovering around the 50-degree Celsius mark in many other areas in north India.
There was no immediate respite in sight as the monsoon advanced slowly in southern and northeastern India and the weather department forecast that heat wave conditions were likely to prevail in north and western India for a couple of days more.
Churu in Rajasthan was the hottest recorded place with a high of 50.3 degrees Celsius, followed by Banda in Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, Sriganganagar and Narnaul in Haryana. Delhi recorded it’s highest-ever June temperature at 48 degrees Celsius.
The city’s previous high of 47.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Palam on June 9, 2014. Hot dry winds, Loo, swept the city, compounding the woes of people who had to venture out for work.
Jammu recorded the hottest day of the season with a maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius. The prevailing heat wave conditions intensified power and water woes in different parts of the region in Jammu and Kashmir. Himachal Pradesh’s Una district experienced the hottest day in 14 years. Una sizzled at 45.2 degrees Celsius on Monday.
According to the IMD “Heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, southern parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh during next 2 days. Intensity and spatial extent of heating is very likely to reduce substantially thereafter.”