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.