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Eight of World's 15 Hottest Places in Past 24 Hours Were in India, Reveals Report

Heat wave warnings were issued on Monday for some places in western Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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Updated:June 3, 2019, 3:21 PM IST
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Eight of World's 15 Hottest Places in Past 24 Hours Were in India, Reveals Report
The temperature in New Delhi touched 44.6°C on Sunday.
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New Delhi: India warned of severe heat in northern and central areas on Monday, following similar extreme weather on Sunday.

Of the 15 hottest places in the world in the past 24 hours, eight were in India with the others in neighbouring Pakistan, according to weather monitoring website El Dorado.

Churu, a city in Rajasthan, recorded the country's highest temperature of 48.9 degress Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) on Monday, according to the meteorological department.

Churu has issued a heat wave advisory and government hospitals have prepared emergency wards with extra air conditioners, coolers and medicines, said Ramratan Sonkariya, additional district magistrate for Churu.

Water is also being poured on the roads of Churu, known as the gateway to the Thar desert, to keep the temperature down and prevent them from melting, Sonkariya added.

A farmer from Sikar district in Rajasthan died on Sunday due to heatstroke, state government officials said.

At least 17 people had reportedly died over the past three weeks due to the heatwave in Telangana. A state official said it would confirm the number of deaths only after the causes had been ascertained.

The temperature in New Delhi touched 44.6°C (112.3F) on Sunday. A food delivery app, Zomato, asked its customers to greet delivery staff with a glass of cold water.

Heat wave warnings were issued on Monday for some places in western Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The monsoon, which brings down the heat, is likely to begin on the southern coast on June 6, the weather office said last month.

The three-month pre-monsoon season, which ended on May 31, was the second driest in the last 65 years, India's only private forecaster, Skymet, said, with a national average of 99mm of rain against the normal average of 131.5 mm for the season.​

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