NEW DELHI: The heat wave continued across the northern, western and central parts of the country on Monday, with Morena in Madhya Pradesh sizzling at a high of 49.2 degrees Celsius.

The extreme temperature in the town forced people to remain indoors while Forest Department officials placed earthen pots filled with water mixed with life-saving drugs to ensure that peacocks did not die due to the heat.

It was a hot day in Vidarbha as well, with the mercury rising to 47.3 degrees in Nagpur. In Brahmapuri and Wardha, the day temperatures were recorded at 47.7 and 47.5 degrees respectively.

Conditions were similar in Punjab and Haryana, where Hisar was the hottest place at 47.4 degrees, six degrees above normal.

Karnal had a high of 43.4 degrees, four notches above normal, while it was 43.3 degrees in Ambala.

Ludhiana in Punjab saw the mercury touch 45.2 degrees, while the high in Patiala was recorded at 44.6 degrees. Amritsar experienced a daytime temperature of 44.4 degrees.- PTI