North India Sizzles under Heat Wave

Kshitij Nagar
New Delhi

A mirage caused by heat appears on New Delhi’s Rajpath (President’s Estate), May 22, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/Benar News]


Workers cope with the heat as the temperature in Delhi touched close to 48 degrees Celsius, May 20, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/Benar News]


Meanwhile, children splash around in a fountain next to the India Gate in New Delhi May 20, 2016. [Achal Mishra]


A boy jumps into the “Baoli” (ancient step-well) attached to the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in New Delhi, May 22, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/BenarNews]


A boy seeks relief from the heat by climbing a fountain near the India Gate, May 22, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/Benar News]


A lemonade vendor is bathed in sweat as he tries to entice customers to his beverage stand in New Delhi’s Connaught Place Market, May 20, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/Benar News]


A man gulps down a cool drink on a scorching day, May 22, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/Benar News]


A street food vendor naps in a cool spot on damp grass underneath a tree at a public park in New Delhi, May 22, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/Benar News]

Parts of northern and central India have been reeling under a severe heat wave, prompting authorities to issue an alert across five states.

The northwestern desert state of Rajasthan recorded the country’s highest ever temperature of 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit), the Indian Meteorological Department reported on Friday.

An alert has been issued in five Indian states – Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh – where some 40 people have died this month from complications linked to the extreme temperatures.

Over the weekend, New Delhi recorded a temperature of 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit), five points above the seasonal average, the Meteorological Department said.

“We advise people to avoid venturing outdoors during the day,” A. Raj, an official with the department, told BenarNews.

He said heat conditions were expected to persist in the five states.

“There is a forecast for rain in the later part of the week, and will likely bring the temperatures down,” Raj said.



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