STORY: Parts of northern and eastern India sizzled on Wednesday (April 19) as mercury hovered over 40 Celsius, making it difficult for people to go about their daily routines.
In northern city of Kanpur, people were seen crowding electronic stores to purchase air conditioners in a bid to get relief from rising temperature which has soared to over 42 C in the city.
Northern, western and central parts of India reel under intense heat waves from mid-April to July before monsoon rains hit the region providing relief to people.
Meanwhile intense heat also affected the lives of the people in eastern Patna city, where people were seen wearing caps and wrapping scarves around their faces to shield themselves from the blistering heat.
People were seen crowding fruit vendors to drink juices to keep themselves hydrated.
According to the IMD, over 700 people died in the country in 2016, which was the warmest year globally.
Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter.