Scorching heat wave has gripped large swathes of the north as the mercury crossed the 50-degrees Celsius mark in Churu in Rajasthan and severe heat wave conditions are likely to prevail over Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the next five days.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a 'red alert' for Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, with a severe heat wave expected in the next three days.
A heat wave is usually declared when the maximum temperature remains above 45 degrees Celsius for the two consecutive days. Narnaul (Haryana) sizzled at 47.2 and Hisar at 45.6 degrees Celsius.
Amritsar and Ludhiana in neighbouring Punjab reeled under severe heat at 45.7 and 44.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. Chandigarh, the joint capital and Union Territory sizzled at 42.4 Celsius.