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Heatwave scorches North India; mercury over 49 degrees Celsius

New Delhi: Atormenting heatwave swept through North India on Sunday with the mercury crossing 49 degrees Celsius in pockets of Delhi, while the weather office forecast some relief from Monday onwards. Gurugram in Haryana witnessed a scalding temperature of 48.1 degrees Celsius, the highest since May 10, 1966, when the city logged 49 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. The IMD said a thunderstorm or a dust storm is likely in the national capital on Monday.
In Punjab, Muktsar reeled under extremely hot weather, recording a day temperature of 47.4 degrees Celsius.
In Haryana, apart from Gurugram, Hisar saw a high of 47.3 degrees Celsius. Severe heatwave also prevailed in Sirsa, which recorded a high of 47.2 degrees Celsius while Rohtak recorded a maximum of 46.7 degrees Celsius.
Ambala's highest temperature during the day was 42.1 degrees Celsius while Karnal's maximum settled at 42.4 degrees Celsius.
Pb, Hry can expect relief from the heat on Tue
Chandigarh braved yet another hot day with the maximum setting at 43 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, among other places in Punjab, an intense heatwave prevailed in Bathinda, which recorded a high of 46.8 degrees Celsius while Amritsar sweltered under severe heat at 46.1. Ludhiana recorded a high of 45.5 degrees Celsius while Patiala's maximum settled at 44.3 degrees Celsius.
Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, too, experienced hot weather. Meanwhile, according to the Met department's forecast, some relief from severe heat is expected in the two states on Tuesday. The weather is likely to be dry during the next 24 hours; light rain is anticipated at isolated places in the subsequent 48 hours, it said. Dust storms and thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds are likely at isolated places on May 16 and 17 in Punjab and Haryana, the weather office said. In Jammu and Kashmir, a heatwave gripped most parts of the Jammu region with the mercury moving further up and settling at the season's high of 43.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday, officials said. The city also marked a rise in the night temperature, which settled at 26.8 degrees Celsius-3.3 notches above the season's average.
Meanwhile, people in large parts of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday got a little respite from the sultry weather with the mercury recording a slight dip of around 1C, even as Nowgaon and Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district continued to sizzle at 47C.
Based on absolute recorded temperatures, a heatwave is declared when an area logs a maximum temperature of 45C. a severe heatwave is declared if the maximum temperature crosses the 47C mark.
At 49 degrees Celsius, Banda is the hottest place in India
Lucknow: With the mercury touching the 49 degrees Celsius mark, Banda once again was the hottest place in the country on Sunday. The entire northeast and southwest parts of the state reeled under severe heatwave conditions, while the other regions of UP experienced intense hot and humid conditions. No relief is expected till May 21.
State met department also issued a heatwave warning on Monday in Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Banda, Chitrakoot, Sonbhadra, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etahwah, Auraiya, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Mirzapur, Etah, Kasganj, and adjoining area. 
On Sunday, the maximum temperature in Banda touched 49 degrees Celsius. It was the fourth time this summer that Banda was the hottest in the country. On Saturday, the district recorded 48.8 degrees Celsius. Earlier, on April 29 and 30, Banda's maximum temperatures were 47 and 47.2 degrees Celsius respectively. A similar situation prevailed in other parts of Bundelkhand and areas bordering Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in the past 24 hours. Agra sweltered at 47.7 degrees Celsius, while Jhansi simmered at 47.6 degrees Celsius and Prayagraj reeled under 46.9 degrees Celsius. The observatory at BHU in Varanasi (BHU) recorded 46 degrees Celsius maximum temperature.

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