New Delhi, June 8 (UNI) Nine people succumbed to the heatwave in the past 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll to 57 in the most populous state of the country even as the monsoon revived over Kerala and five people, including two in Karnataka and three Andhra Pradesh, were killed by lightning.
According to reports, five people died of heat stroke aboard a train in Allahabad. Besides, two in Kanpur and one each succumbing to heat in Lalitpur and Pratapgarh districts in UP.
As predicted by the weatherman, the temperature promises to leave the people of UP sweating in the weeks to come.
Banda, for a third consecutive day, was the hottest at 45.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury was recorded above normal in Varanasi, Lucknow, Allahabad and Kanpur divisions.
A scorching heatwave lashed many areas in north-west India as the mercury further soared in the plains, touching 45.8 degrees celsius at Amritsar today.
Amritsar was the hottest place in the plains as a blistering heatwave swept the holy city with the mercury hovering six degrees above normal.
Elsewhere in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the mercury stayed three degrees to four degrees above normal.
The heat wave conditions prevailing in northern parts of Punjab and western parts of Haryana are likely to continue for the next two days, according to the weather office here.
Severe heatwave conditions prevailed in Haryana with Hisar continuing to be the hottest place in the state, recording the maximum temperature at 45.4 degrees and the minimum temperature at 31.8 degrees.
The temperatures also increased in Himachal Pradesh with Una, reeling under 43.0 degrees, was the hottest place in the state.
The capital town of Shimla recorded a high of 29.7 degrees which was six degrees above normal.
The weather office predicted mainly sunny days in the region with hot and strong wind in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours. Delhiites reeled under yet another day of sweltering heat as the mercury today soared further to 43.5 degrees, three degrees above normal, in the national capital.
The minimum also rose by a degree to 33.5 degrees, six degrees above normal, from yesterday's 32.8 degrees.
Delhiites are likely not to get any respite from the scorching heat as hot and dry conditions are expected to continue during the next three days.
The met department here said the analysis of the current meteorological conditions suggest that heatwave conditions are also likely to prevail over some parts of Northwest India.
Mainly a clear sky and possibility of duststorm have been forecast during the next 24 hours.
In Delhi, the maximum is expected to touch 44 degrees tomorrow.
Rajasthan also continued to sizzle at 47 degrees. Ganganagar in north Rajasthan touched a high of 46.6 degrees today, making it hottest in the state and perhaps in the country.
The state capital recorded mercury at 43 degrees, which was three degrees above normal.
Churu recorded 45 degrees, Kota 44.3, Bikaner 44, Jaisalmer 43, Barmer 42.3, Jodhpur 42.2, Ajmer 41.9 and Dabok 41 degrees.
With no reports of rain from any parts of the state, the weather is likely to remain hot and dry over the next few days.
Heat wave conditions prevailed in northern and east Madhya Pradesh with the state capital recording its highest temperature in June at 43.2 degrees, five notches above normal.
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