Ten Odisha towns record temperature above 43 deg C
There was no respite from the scorching sun in Odisha where mercury crossed the 43-degree mark at 10 places even as the Met department forecast a possibility of thunderstorm and rain in Delhi for Friday.
It was cloudy and sunny day in patches in the national capital with both the maximum and minimum temperatures settling within normal levels.
Delhi witnessed a windy morning. Six Delhi-bound flights had to be diverted to the Jaipur International Airport owing to the weather condition.
Gruelling heatwave swept across Odisha throwing life out of gear, particularly in the western parts of the state, where roads wore a deserted look during the day as people chose to remain indoors due to scorching heat.
Jharsuguda was the hottest place in the state at 44.4 degrees Celsius. The mercury breached the 43-degree mark in 10 towns and 40-degree mark at at least 15 places, with the MeT office forecasting that heat wave will intensify. The maximum temperature in the state capital of Bhubaneswar dropped marginally to 37.8 degrees Celsius from 40.8 recorded yesterday.
The weather remained dry in parts of Uttar Pradesh where Etawah was the hottest place at the maximum of 42.2 degrees Celsius. Day temperatures otherwise remained normal throughout the state.
The weatherman has predicted that rain and thunderstorms with gusty winds are likely at isolated places over the state for tomorrow and the day after.
In Rajasthan, the mercury is once again on the ascendance at most of the places after a brief spell of respite due to rain. Churu was the hottest place where the maximum touched 41.7 degree Celsius followed by 41.4 in Kota, 41.0 in Ganganagar, 40.8 in Jaisalmer.