Temperature in Indian city of Phalodi hits 51 deg C, setting new heat record

The weather office has issued warnings of "severe heat wave" conditions across large parts of India's northern and western regions through the weekend.
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NEW DELHI - A city in northern India has shattered the national heat record, registering a searing 51 deg C - the highest since records began - the weather office said on Friday (May 20).

The new record in Phalodi, a city in the desert state of Rajasthan, is the equivalent of 123.8 Fahrenheit and comes as a heatwave sweeps the nation.

It tops a previous record of 50.6 deg C set in 1956.

"Yesterday (Thursday) was the hottest temperature ever recorded in the country... 51 degrees in Phalodi," said Mr B.P. Yadav, a director of the India Meteorological Department.

Temperatures in northern India regularly hit the high 40s in May and June - the hottest months of the year - but topping 50 deg C is unusual.

The weather office has issued warnings of "severe heat wave" conditions across large parts of India's northern and western regions through the weekend.

India declares a heatwave when the maximum temperature hits 45 deg C, or five degrees higher than the average for the area in previous years.

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