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May 29, 2013 at 09:01am IST

No respite from heat wave, North India continues to simmer

New Delhi: As the mercury touched 43 degrees Celsius in the national capital, there is no respite from the heat yet. Rajasthan continued to remain in the grip of the heat wave with Churu recording a maximum of 45.2 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures across North India on Tuesday hovered over 43 degrees Celsius at several places with the region getting little relief from the summer sun which continues to beat down with all its intensity.

Hot winds blowing throughout the day only added to the discomfiture of the citizens. There was a change in the minimum temperature which, at 29 degrees, was recorded below the 30-degree mark after quite some time.

The minimum, however, was still two degrees above normal. Showers brought the mercury down at a few places in Meerut and Varanasi sub-divisions of Uttar Pradesh where heat wave conditions otherwise continued to torment the people. According to the MeT department, the highest temperature of 46.2 degrees was recorded at Etawah with state capital Lucknow sweating it out at 40.6 degrees.

The heat wave continued to sweep Punjab and Haryana with maximum temperatures in two neighbouring states settling a few notches above normal. The Union territory of Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded a maximum of 41.6 degrees Celsius as a dust-storm hit the city in the evening.

In Punjab, the maximum in Patiala touched 43 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. Amritsar, too, endured a hot day at 43 degrees, up three notches. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 41.2 degrees while Hisar sweltered at 43.2 degrees. Narnaul and Bhiwani, too, experienced searing heat at 43.5 and 42.8 degrees respectively.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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