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Thanks to the lockdown, we are staying indoors and well hydrated as parts of North India feature on the list of hottest places in the world. By Upasana Singh

In the last 24 hours, out of 15 hottest cities in the world, 10 were in India while the others are in neighbouring Pakistan, according to the El Dorado Weather website. For the first time in 18 years, the capital city of Delhi has recorded its hottest day. The Safdarjung observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 46-degrees Celsius in the city, about six notches above normal.

 

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The Palam area, Lodi Road, and Ayanagar are other regions in the capital to record sizzling high temperatures. As reported by Times of India, “Strong northwesterly winds from Rajasthan/east Pakistan have been blowing across the region ever since cyclone Amphan made landfall and moved eastwards, sucking the moisture away from north India,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre.

In the northern state of Rajasthan, Churu district saw temperatures rising till 50 degrees Celsius. Churu, also referred to as the gateway to the Thar desert, was designated as the world’s hottest spot on Tuesday along with Jacobabad in Pakistan. The district has been witnessing severe heat conditions since May 22 with temperatures rising every day. Bikaner, Ganganagar, and Pilani are three other cities in Rajasthan that have made it to the list.

On Tuesday, Hisar in Haryana and Banda in Uttar Pradesh recorded 48-degrees Celsius. Extreme temperatures were experienced in Allahabad as well with 47.6-degrees Celsius.

 

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According to an IMD bulletin, heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in parts of north India such as Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, east and west Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and at some isolated places in Punjab.

However, much to our respite, under the influence of western disturbance and formation of the east-west trough in lower levels, it is likely that rain or thunderstorm might ease the soaring high temperatures May 28 onwards.

So, until the first showers of rain this summer, we suggest that you stock up on sunscreen and make your favourite coolers to beat the heat.

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