Bhubaneswar: The heat wave continues to grip northern India with the Met department predicting a further rise in temperatures.
The heat wave continued unabated in Delhi on Thursday with the minimum temperature settling five notches above average at 31.4 degrees Celsius and the maximum expected to hover around the 45 degrees Celsius mark.
"Heatwave conditions would continue across the national capital. The maximum temperature on Thursday is expected to be around 45 degrees Celsius," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. Humidity at 8.30 am was recorded at 31 per cent.
On Wednesday, the maximum temperature in New Delhi settled five notches above average at 44.9 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 30.3 degrees Celsius, four notches above average for this time of the season.
The weather department has also predicted that Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will continue to sizzle on Thursday as severe heat wave conditions may prevail in the states for the next two days.
Amritsar and Ludhiana in Punjab and Hisar and Bhiwani in Haryana have been reeling under severe heat conditions with temperatures hovering between 45-47 degrees Celsius in the past few days.
Chandigarh has been reeling under the hot weather conditions for over a week. It on Wednesday recorded the season's highest maximum so far at 43.5 deg C.
According to MeT Department sources, the maximum temperatures across the two states are set to hover between 42 and 46 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, though the unrelenting heat has forced some schools in the region to declare summer vacations, majority of schools across the two states and Chandigarh are still functioning. At some places, schools have changed their
Meanwhile, temperature in Odisha on Wednesday crossed 46 degrees with Talcher in the coal belt being the hottest in the state.
The maximum temperature in the state capital Bhubaneswar stood at 40.6 degree Celsius, the day remained uncomfortable and sultry as relative humidity ratio touched 73 per cent, it said.
Three deaths have been reported due to sun stroke so far during the current summer but no fresh casualty was reported during the last two days, official sources said.
The weatherman forecast that heatwave conditions were likely to prevail in most parts of the state for the next two days, officials said.
Normal life was hit in many areas with roads presenting a deserted look as people refrained from venturing out and shops and markets remained closed during day time due to scorching heat.
Jammu too recorded temperatures as high as 45.1 degrees on Wednesday, the highest in this season. Mercury in Srinagar also settled above average at 31.6 degrees Celsius.
(With Additional Information From PTI and IANS)