At 51°C, Phalodi in Rajasthan is India's hottest

Authorities have issued heat wave alert has temperature in several cities in the region are hovering around 50 �C

At 51°C, Phalodi in Rajasthan is India

The highest ever temperature in India was recorded when temperature touched 51 degree Celsius in Phalodi in Rajasthan's Jodhpur district.

Severe heat wave conditions continued to affect normal life in the north western state with mercury crossing 50 degrees Celsius in at least two of places in the state.

Churu, some 200 kms from capital Jaipur also recorded 51 degrees Celsius, seven degree above average.

It was the highest in the month of May for Churu, the gateway of Thar desert. On May 26, 1998, the mercury in Churu had touched 49.9 degrees Celsius.

State capital Jaipur was scorching at 46.5 degrees Celsius, 6 degrees above average. Even the minimum temperature of 29.4 degrees was two notches over the average.

Barmer and Jaisalmer were also hot at 49.5 and 49 degrees Celsius respectively, while Bikaner was scorching at 49.5 degrees and Sri Ganganagar at 49.1 degrees. There was almost no city in the desert state where day time temperature was below 46 degrees Celsius.

The weather department said there would be no respite in the next 24 hours.

"Severe heat wave is likely to prevail at many places in the state in the next 24 hours. Jaipur will see partly cloudy sky with maximum and minimum temperatures to be around 46 degrees and 29 degrees Celsius respectively," said a weather department official.

Meantime, Capital city of Gujarat Ahmadabad broke a 100 year-old record on Thursday by recording 48 degree Celsius. Jayanta Sarkar, director of meteorological centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officially announced that  the last Thursday was the hottest day in the 100-years history of the city and he confirmed  one death happened in the city due to heat stroke. He also said that severe heat stroke will prevail in some parts of Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch region for some days.