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North reels under heat wave

LUCKNOW: The entire North India reeled under an intense heat wave with mercury hovering around 45 degrees in many places.

Two persons died due to heat stroke in Uttar Pradesh, which got no respite from the scorching heat wave conditions today. Normal life was thrown out of gear as hot winds blew for most part of the day and the mercury hovered around 44-45 degree celsius at most places in the State, according to Met office sources.

The highest temperature of 45 degree celsius was recorded at five places -- Varanasi airport, Bahraich, Sultanpur, Allahabad and Jhansi, followed by 44 degree each in Lucknow, Kanpur, Moradabad and Varanasi (city), 43 degree in Bareilly and 42 degree in Gorakhpur, the sources said.

The weather office has forecast that the heat wave conditions would continue for the next two days.

Sun-strokes claim six

In Bihar six persons fell prey to heat stroke with mercury hovering around 43 to 44 degree celsius during the past few days in Bihar's Rohtas district. Four persons, including a woman and her two kids, died after brief illness caused by sunstroke at village Shankarpur under Indrapuri police station. One death each was also reported from Dehri and Bajaria localities in the district yesterday, he said.

In Jharkhand, the prevailing heat wave conditions have forced the Ranchi authorities to extend the summer vacation in schools.

Ranchi District Commissioner Pradeep Kumar has ordered the extension of the summer vacation in all the private and government schools till June 19 in the capital town in view of the continuous heat wave conditions. The schools were to reopen today after summer vacation.

Meanwhile, the city's temperature was hovering around 41 degree Celsius. Acute scarcity of drinking water was reported from different parts of the state, while lack of power supply had worsened the situation.

Winds delay monsoon

Madhya Pradesh witnessed dust clouds along with heat wave and humidity for the second day today resulting from cyclonic winds emanating from Western Rajasthan.

Weather department acting director O P Keshwani said the monsoons were expected to get delayed by a week due to the cyclonic winds. Khajuraho recorded the highest temperature at 45 degree Celsius in the past 24 hours. He said the southern MP was in the grip of severe heat wave with hot winds.

Rains bring respite

The key tourist resort of Palampur in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh was lashed by heavy rains today afternoon giving respite to people from scorching heat and brought down temperature considerably.

Reports said Dharamsala and its surronding areas were also lashed by heavy showers, causing considerable fall in day temperature. The weather remained mainly dry in other parts of the state with lower hills of Una, Baddi, Nalagarh and Kangra reeling under scroching sun, reports said.

PTI & UNI

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