North and east India continued to face severe heat conditions on Friday even as light showers brought some relief in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
A man applies water to his face to cool himself on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
Rajasthan: There was no let up in heatwave conditions, as Ganganagar recorded the highest temperature at 45.9 degrees Celsius on Friday. Churu recorded 45.4 degrees C, followed by Kota (43.6) and Jaipur (43).
Odisha: Intense heatwave has been sweeping the state since the past 20 days with temperatures crossing 40 degree Celsius in at least a dozen of urban areas. “So far, 34 cases of alleged deaths due to sunstroke have been reported across Odisha. Of these six cases have been confirmed as heat-related,” a report from the office of Special Relief Commissioner said.
Punjab and Haryana: Hot weather claimed two lives in Amritsar on Thursday. On Friday temperatures shot above 40 degree Celsius mark at many places. Hisar in Haryana recorded a high of 45 degree Celsius on Thursday while Amritsar was hottest in Punjab at 42.8 degree Celsius.
Uttar Pradesh: Even as Lucknow experienced a sudden change in weather on Friday, parts of UP continued to reel under intense heat. The Kanpur district administration revised school timings for Class I to VIII from May 4, ordering them to close by noon for these classes. Lucknow sizzled at 43.4 degrees on Thursday.
Bihar: Though it was comparatively cool in the state on Friday, Gaya recorded 44.1 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature in Patna was 40.4 degrees.
(With inputs from Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Patna)