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May 20, 2013 at 08:59pm IST

Heat wave sweeps North India, Met department warns of no respite

New Delhi: North India is sweating it out with the mercury touching over 44 degrees. The heat wave across UP, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab has intensified. And with the Met department predicting a further rise in temperatures, there seems to be no respite in sight.

Delhi saw its hottest day of the season on Sunday, boiling at a record temperature of 46 degree Celsius. But the situation was no better in the rest of the country. While Churu in Rajasthan remained the hottest with the maximum temperature at 48 degree Celsius Bhopal sizzled at 43 degrees. And Amritsar in Punjab recorded 45 degree Celsius.

Severe heat wave conditions prevailed across Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. With the mercury rising - it is daily commuters who have to face the heat - quite literally.

As the maximum temperatures soar up to five to seven degrees above normal in many places the heat wave is likely to get more severe. This is the second time in the last 10 years that the temperatures have been so high for a sustained period of time and with the dry summer heat increasing, looks like the worst is yet to come.