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India battles heatwave conditions

NEW DELHI, JUN 1 (PTI): | Publish Date: 6/2/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 Temp nears 51°C in Rajasthan’s Churu

 Scorching heatwave conditions gripped large swathes of the country Saturday as the mercury crossed 50-degree mark in Rajasthan’s Churu, while several other places endured maximum temperatures markedly above normal with the weatherman saying there will be no respite until next week.
The national capital battled weather conditions in the “red category” as the maximum temperature recorded at the Palam observatory was 46.1°C, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). 
Skymet Weather said heatwave conditions will persist in Delhi for another week and the maximum temperature will hover around 46 degrees Celsius. 
Churu in the western part of Rajasthan was the hottest placed in the country at 50.8 degrees Celsius, nine notches above normal, according to the met department office in Jaipur. The entire state reeled under intense heatwave conditions with Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Kota recording their maximums at 49, 47.9, 47.2 and 46 degrees Celsius. Jodhpur, Jaipur and Barmer registered their maximum day temperatures at 45.6, 45.2, 44.5 degrees Celsius.  
IMD said heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are very likely to prevail over Rajasthan, Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh during the next five days and over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and south Uttar Pradesh during the next three.
A heat wave is usually declared when the maximum temperature remains above 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days.
IMD said maximum temperatures were markedly above normal (5.1°C or more) at many places over central Maharashtra and in some parts of Himachal Pradesh, west Rajasthan, east Madhya Pradesh and north interior Karnataka. 
 

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