Uttar Pradesh reeled under an intense heat wave with the Banda district in the Bundelkhand region registering a daily maximum temperature of 49 degrees Celsius, the highest in the state, on Sunday.
According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department, this was the highest temperature ever recorded in Banda in May. The previous maximum temperature in the district was 48.8 degrees Celsius on May 31, 1994.
In nearby Agra, the mercury reached 47.7 degrees Celsius.
Jhansi district registered 47.6 degrees, Prayagraj 46.9 followed by Kanpur 46.1, Varanasi 46, Churk 45.6, Hamirpur, Fatehpur 45.2 and Orai 45 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Lucknow, the state capital, was 41.3 degrees Celsius.
The MeT department has warned of a heat wave in isolated places over western Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours.
Rain and thunderstorms are very likely in places in East Uttar Pradesh, while the weather is likely to remain dry in the western part of the state, the Met department said.
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