A severe heatwave continued to sweep India’s northern plains as 10 places in the region figured on the list of 15 hottest places in the World.
Rajasthan’s Churu and Sri Ganganagar, where the mercury shot up to 48.9 and 48.6 degree Celsius, were the hottest places in the world.
Followed by Jacobabad (48 degree Celsius) in Pakistan, according to El Dorado Weather website.
Uttar Pradesh’s Banda (47.4 degree Celsius) and Narnual (47.2 degree Celsius) in Haryana also featured on the list.
Five out of the 15 hottest places were in neighbouring Pakistan, making the region warmest on the planet even as Agartala in Tripura received maximum rainfall in the world since Saturday.
As on Sunday, two-thirds of India was in the grip of the heat wave with the mercury breaching the 45 degree Celsius mark in cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Kota, Hyderabad, and Lucknow.
Even places like Shimla, Nainital, and Srinagar in the Himalayas, which are expected to be cooler, recorded temperatures 2-4 degree above normal.
In Shimla, maximum temperature on Sunday was 32 degree Celsius and in Nainital, it was 33 degree Celsius.
According to studies based on India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, the number of hot days in hill stations has increased over the last two decades,
With temperature in places like Uttarakhand’s Mussoorie even touching 38 degree Celsius on June1.
IMD’s director general, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, said the situation was likely to improve in the next two days with rains and thunderstorms expected in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Mohapatra said there has been a rise in both maximum and minimum temperatures, which has increased surface heat and led to longer spells of heat waves.
The killer heat has left 6,167 dead in India between 2010 and 2018, according to information provided to Parliament in February.
As many as 2,081 deaths were recorded in 2015 alone.