The sizzling heat that north India and several parts of the east and west are reeling under continued on Thursday.
The Met office warned that several parts of Rajasthan are likely to reel under severe heat wave conditions for two more days.
In Rajasthan, the temperature shot above 45 degree Celsius in the western border areas on Wednesday. The highest temperature of the day at 47.5 degree Celsius was recorded at Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, with Bhusaval in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra coming close second with 47 degree Celsius.
In Orissa, despite a marginal fall in temperature in the coastal areas, Talcher recorded 46.2 degree Celsius and the death toll due to suspected sunstroke reached 72 in the state. In Punjab, Amritsar faced 43.2 degree Celsius, seven notches above normal, while it dipped in Delhi from 43.5 degree on Wednesday to 43 on Thursday.
B.P. Yadav, director of the weather forecast wing of Indian Meteorological Department, said, “We are entering one of the hottest month of the season. There are no thundershowers or rain, or even squall, for the last several days to bring down the temperature.”
Yadav explained that heat wave conditions meant a maximum temperature of above 40 degree Celsius, which is more than five-six degrees Celsius above normal. And it is called a severe heat wave when the difference is beyond seven degrees above normal.
(With inputs from agencies)