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May 20, 2013 at 10:55am IST

Heat wave across North India, Met predicts more rise in temperature

New Delhi: The heat wave has well swept across North India with national capital Delhi simmering at 44.6 degrees celsius on Sunday, making it the hottest day of this season. The mercury even soared to over 46 degree Celsius in some parts of the capital. Palam area recorded 46.1 degree Celsius while Ayanagar weather station recorded 45.8 degree Celsius and Ridge station recorded 45 degrees.

The Met department has predicted a rise in temperatures in the coming days. Monday is going to be hotter with maximum and minimum temperatures expected to remain at 45 and 27 degree Celsius respectively, a Met department official said.

Churu in Rajasthan continues to remain the hottest place, registering a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Severe heat wave conditions prevailed across Punjab, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Jammu too experienced the hottest day of the season on Sunday at 43.8 degree Celsius, Met office said. The maximum temperature in the city shot at least five notches above average to 43.8 degrees Celsius, making it the season's hottest day so far, Met officials said.

Tips to beat the heat

Here are some tips on how to beat the heat, many of them commonly known but mostly ignored.

- First, drink plenty of water. Keep yourself hydrated with juices, sports drinks, ORS to maintain electrolyte balance in your body.

- Avoid alcoholic, carbonated and caffeinated beverages as these can dehydrate you.

- Avoid high-calorie or high-protein meals as they raise your body's metabolism and temperature.

- Eat lots of salads and fruits.

- Don't forget your sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and umbrellas when going outdoor and also please keep in mind to wear light clothing and colours.

(With additional information from PTI)

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