The killer heat in Odisha claimed another life today with several places sweltering in above-40 degree temperatures while Rajasthan also sizzled in furnace- like conditions.
The searing heat in Odisha intensified and claimed another victim taking the summer toll to two. The death was reported from Angul district, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said in a statement.
Western Odisha districts sizzled in the heat and Titlagarh in Balangir district remained the hottest place at 43.6 degree Celsius. Balangir town and Talcher recorded 43.5 degrees followed by Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district at 43.2 degrees, the met office here said.
The mercury breached the 40 degree mark in at least 11 places in the state. The mercury was at 42.2 degree Celsius at Malkangiri, 42 degrees at Jharsuguda, 41.7 degrees at Angul, 41.2 degrees at Sonepur, 41 degrees at Sambalpur and Hirakud and 40.4 degree Celsius at Phulbani.
The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar was 38.8 degree celsius, and 37.4 degree Celsius in neighbouring Cuttack city, the Met office said.
Delhi sweated through a hot day with the maximum temperature settling at 40.5 degrees Celsius.
According to Met office, the city is likely to reel under heat wave-like conditions next week with the mercury expected to hit at least 41 degree Celsius.
Heat wave also swept several parts of Rajasthan where Barmer was the hottest registering a maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius.
Bikaner, Churu and Srigangangar recorded maximum of 45 degrees Celsius while Jaisalmer, Kota and Jodhpur recorded day temperature of 44.8, 44.6 and 44. 4 degrees Celsius respectively, according to Met department here.
Intense heat wave conditions also swept parts of Haryana and Punjab, with Narnaul being the hottest place in the region recording a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius.
Narnaul in Haryana sizzled eight degrees above normal maximum temperature, the MeT Department report said here.
Hisar was also under the grip of intense heat at 43.4 degrees Celsius, up six notches against normal.
Ambala, too, had a hot day at 39.4 degrees Celsius five degrees above normal limits.
Chandigarh recorded a high of 38.9 degrees Celsius, up four degrees against normal. In Punjab, Amritsar saw a hot day at 41 degrees Celsius, nine notches more than normal limits.
Ludhiana and Patiala recorded near similar maximum temperature today at 40.9 and 40.8 degrees Celsius, respectively, both six degrees above normal each.