Severe heat wave conditions continued to affect normal life in Rajasthan on Friday even though the mercury came down slightly at a number of places across the state.
Phalodi in Jodhpur district was hottest with 50 degrees Celsius, a notch below what it recorded on Thursday.
According to the meteorological department, the maximum temperature in the state has dipped by 0.5 degrees to three degrees, but severe heat wave conditions were prevailing in many parts of the state.
Jaipur recorded a temperature of 46 degrees, 0.5 degrees less than on Thursday. Churu continued to boil at 48.1 degree, down from 50.2 while in Ajmer the temperature dipped from 46.2 degrees to 45.8 degrees and Pilani recorded 47.5 degrees, a notch below 44.5 the previous day. The temperature remained the same in Kota 48.2 degrees and Barmer recorded 47 degree down from 49.5 degrees recorded on Thursday.
Even in the border district of Jaisalmer the temperature has dipped to 47.6 degrees from 49. Jodhpur recorded 47.5, 1.3 degrees less than Thursday. The temperature in Bikaner dipped by 0.5 degrees to 49 from 49.5 and in Ganganagar the mercury dropped to 47.6 from 49.1 degrees. In Jaipur the weather was partly cloudy with a maximum temperature of 45 degree.
The Met office has predicted the possibility of thunderstorms at isolated places in the state in the next 24 hours. The Met office has warned severe heat wave/heat wave conditions will continue to prevail at many places across the state during the next 24 hours.
The severe heat wave condition has made the life of people miserable. The roads in most of the districts wear a deserted look in the afternoon and people are seen crowding at parks and gardens in the evening. Cool drinks, including aerated drinks, fresh fruit juice, buttermilk and others are doing brisk business. Most people in the afternoon are seen in the air conditioned malls, trying to beat heat.
Health experts have advised people to stay indoors during 11am to 6pm to avoid suffering from heat stroke and move out only if it is necessary.