Heat-wave conditions continue to rise in northern and central parts of India with Churu in Rajasthan recording the highest temperature in the country today at 50.8 degrees Celsius — nine degrees above normal, reported news agency PTI quoting the Meteorological Department in Jaipur.
“Saturday’s maximum temperature of Churu was highest temperature ever registered by Jaipur Met office in any station,” said Shiv Ganesh, director, Jaipur Met office.
Jaipur MeT office has issued red alert for majority of the places in western Rajasthan and some parts of eastern Rajasthan for next five days.
In its forecast, MeT office said that in western Rajasthan, the districts, including Jaisalmer, Barmer, Nagaur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, Churu, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore and Pali will witness severe heatwave conditions till June 4.
Similarly, in the eastern Rajasthan, the districts including Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Baran, Bundi, Dausa, Dholpur, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Karauli, Kota, Sikar, Sawai Madhopur and Tonk will also witness severe heat conditions till Monday.
The weather department further said that other cities of the country weren’t far behind with Ganganagar recording a maximum temperature of 49 degrees Celsius while Bikaner recorded 47.9 degrees Celsius, Jaisalmer 47.2 degrees Celsius and Kota 46 degrees Celsius.
Jodhpur recorded a day temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius, Barmer recorded 44.5 degrees Celsius while Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur recorded a temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius.
Other places that are expected to experience strong heat waves include Punjab, Vidarbha, parts of East Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and New Delhi.
A heat wave is usually declared when the maximum temperature remains above 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days.