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Heatwave continues in India, no respite in sight

(IANS) / 30 May 2013

NEW DELHI — Heatwave conditions continued across India with no respite in sight, an official said.

According to the Andhra Pradesh’s Department of Disaster Management, 524 people have died of sunstroke since April 1 across the state.

After a cloudy and windy Monday, it was back to being scorching hot in the national capital on Wednesday as the maximum temperature settled three notches above average at 43 degrees Celsius.

“The heatwave will continue tomorrow (Wednesday) the skies will be sunny,” an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier said on Tuesday .

The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 43 and 28 degrees respectively. Tuesday’s minimum temperature was 29 degrees Celsius, two notches above average for this time of the season.

Monday’s maximum temperature in Delhi was 42.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above average, while the minimum settled at 30.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above average.

Heatwave conditions continued to prevail in the desert state of Rajasthan with the mercury hovering between 40 to 45 degrees celsius.

Churu at 45.2 degrees Celsius was the hottest in the state and Sri Ganganagar was also close at 44.4 degrees celsius.

State capital Jaipur was scorching at 41.9 degrees and the minimum temperature was at 32.4 degrees Celsius, almost five degrees above normal.

Bikaner was also hot at 41.9 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave continued to roast Uttar Pradesh with the mercury soaring to 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of the state Most people stayed indoors as humidity and long hours of power outages and cuts added to people’s woes.

Etawah remained the hottest place in Uttar Pradesh at 46.2 degrees Celsius, four degrees above the normal temperature for this time of the season. Banda recorded 45.2 degrees Celsius, Hamirpur 45.2 degrees, Agra 43.3 degrees, and Allahabad 45.5 degrees, making these the hottest cities in the state.The temperature in Lucknow hovered around 44 degrees Celsius, a meteorological department official said.

There was no likelihood of any respite from the heat nor any chances of rain in Uttar Pradesh, the official added.

Rainfall in parts of Andhra Pradesh provided much-needed relief to people from the intense heat that has kept the southern plateau sizzling for weeks and claimed over 500 lives. Several parts of Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and some parts of East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur and other districts of south coastal Andhra received rains Tuesday.

The sky remained cloudy in most parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema regions, officials said. Rains or thundershowers are likely in a few places in the state during the next 24 hours.

 
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