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Mercury soars to a 15-year high in Rajasthan

Jun 09, 2011 11:02 AM IST India India

New Delhi: As North India battles an intense heat wave, it's especially tough for those in Rajasthan where temperatures are touching nearly 50 degrees, breaking a 15-year record.

The sun's burning up the Thar Desert with temperatures at Barmer and Phalodi have crossing 49 degrees. The sweltering has taken people by surprise and residents and administration are doing all that they can to keep cool.

"We don't have coolers or ACs and the temperature has broken the records of the last 15 years. We sprinkle our huts with water to keep them cool and have a lot of buttermilk," says Hussain, a resident of Barmer.

With the Met department predicting pre-monsoon showers, which are likely to bring the temperatures down, there might soon be some respite for the people of Rajasthan dealing with the harshest spell of heat wave this summer.