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Hottest Day Ever in India

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A city in India’s Rajasthan state has broken the country’s temperature records after registering 51 degrees Celsius, the highest since records began, the weather office says.

The new record in Phalodi in the desert state comes amid a heat wave across India.

The previous record for the hottest temperature stood at 50.6C in 1956. The heat wave has hit much of northern India, where temperatures have exceeded 40C for weeks, BBC reported.

The runup to the Indian monsoon season is always characterized by weeks of strong sunshine and increasing heat but life-threatening temperature levels topping 50C are unusual.

“Thursday was the hottest temperature ever recorded in the country ... 51C in Phalodi,” BP Yadav of India’s weather office, told AFP.

The weather office has issued warnings of “severe heat wave” conditions across large parts of India’s northern and western states through the weekend.

India declares a heat wave when the maximum temperature hits 45C, or five degrees higher than the average for the area in previous years.

This summer, the heat wave has claimed dozens of lives in the south Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Permanent relief from the heat is only expected with the arrival of the monsoon, which normally comes in mid-June.

Financialtribune.com