Phalodi was the hottest place in the country for the second consecutive day at 51 degrees Celsius. It was closely followed by Churu at 50.2, Bikaner and Barmer at 49.5, Ganganagar at 49.1, Jaisalmer at 49, Kota at 48.2 and Jaipur at 46.5 degrees Celsius.
In Gujarat, Ahmedabad recorded its hottest day in a century when the mercury touched 48 degrees Celsius. Deesa and Gandhinagar too recorded a day temperature of 48 degrees Celsius.
Excessive heat claimed one more life in Ahmedabad — fourth since Monday. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation-run V S Hospital has reported 27 heat-related cases since May 1.
“At 48 degrees Celsius, Ahmedabad broke the record of the last 100 years. As per IMD record, on May 27,1916, the city recorded a highest temperature of 47.8 degrees Celsius,” said Jayanta Sarkar, director of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad region.
Long-term temperature data of Gandhinagar was not available with the IMD.
Meanwhile, the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha brace for heavy rainfall due to cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’, which will intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm”.
Issuing alerts, the weatherman said although the cyclone will make a landfall in Bangladesh on the intervening night of May 21 and 22, “heavy to very heavy rainfall” is expected in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. The National Disaster Response Force has deployed over 130 personnel in Andhra Pradesh.