New Delhi, May 23: The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a heat wave forecast for parts of North India including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for the next four to five days. “Temperature will be above 45 degrees,” said Kuldeep Shrivastava of the IMD. He also said that a dust storm is likely in parts of Delhi NCR, Rajasthan and UP on May 24, i.e., tomorrow.

Severe heat wave has been hitting parts of North India over the past two days. Temperatures have soared with mercury hitting 45 degrees Celsius in Delhi NCR. Heat wave has also intensified in most parts of Haryana and Punjab with Hisar and Chandigarh sizzling at a high of 45.5 and 43 degrees Celsius respectively. Hisar in Haryana was the hottest place in the two states, the Met Department said.

Severe heat wave conditions also prevailed in most parts of Rajasthan, with Churu remaining the hottest where maximum temperature was recorded at 45.5 degrees Celsius, a Meteorological (MeT) official said on Tuesday. Kota, Bikaner and Barmer recorded 45.4, 45.2, 45.1 degrees Celsius followed by Sriganganagar, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer where maximum temperature was recorded at 44.6, 44.3, 44.1 and 44 degrees Celsius respectively.

Pilani and Jaisalmer recorded 43.2 and 43 degrees Celsius whereas Dabok recorded 42.2 degrees Celsius.

People in these states have been advised to keep themselves hydrated by drinking more cold water and also stay indoors as much as possible.