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51°C: Rajasthan makes hot history

delhi Updated: May 20, 2016 18:57 IST

JAIPUR: The desert state of Rajasthan reeled under recordbreaking temperatures on Thursday, with Phalodi town registering 51 degree Celsius asa crippling heat wave swept through vast swathes of north India.

Another traditional hot spot of the country, Churu, made history as the mercury touched 50.2°C, which is a notch higher than the 1914 record of slightly less than 50.

The tourist destination of Jodhpur too broke its record with 48.8°C. The previous highest was 47.4°C on May 29, 1994. Bikaner broke its 102-year-old record of 49.4 degrees recorded on May 28, 1914. It was 49.5 on Thursday. The western fort city of Jaisalmer in the middle of Thar desert sizzled at 49 degrees, upstaging an eightyear-old record.

The capital city of Jaipur was slightly better than many other towns with maximum temperature being been 46.5 degrees Celsius.

People in Rajasthan are used to high summer temperatures but this year has been unusually hot. The heatwave has prompted the state to initiate drastic measures.

The Bikaner district authorities ordered sprinkling of water in select public places while a water train carrying 25 lakh litres was off to parched Bhilwara.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) war ned that the heatwave will be at its severest in the next couple of days, raising the alert level to the highest “red”. This means the temperature will nudge 47 degree Celsius in several cities, including Delhi.

The warning came amidst searing temperatures across north, west and central India, pushing the mercury past 47 degrees Celsius in some parts of the National Capital Region on Thursday. The IMD asked people to take precautions against the heatwave.

“We advise people to stay cautious ag ainst the heat wave in Delhi,” a Met official said. Doctors advised people to take lot of fluids and avoid getting out in the sun between 11 am and 4 pm to avoid heatstroke.

First Published: May 20, 2016 18:57 IST