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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an important review meeting on Thursday on preparedness to deal with the ongoing heat wave as well as the upcoming monsoon season, PTI news agency reported citing government sources. Modi, who returned from his three-day visit to Europe on Thursday morning, is expected to hold seven to eight meetings during the day.

Several places across the country experienced record temperatures in April, with the mercury jumping to 46-47 degrees Celsius, leading to a severe heat wave. The meteorological service had issued an orange alert for five states, including Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.

Delhi recorded its second hottest April this year since 1951 with an average monthly maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. The unprecedented maximum temperature for the month of April in Delhi was 45.6 degrees Celsius in 1941.

However, on Thursday Delhi woke up to a pleasant morning as the minimum temperature was recorded at 22.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below average, following hailstorms and rain in parts of the city the night before.

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The meteorological office said that between 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Safdarjung Observatory – the city’s base station – recorded 1mm of rainfall.

A large number of fires have also been reported in the country due to the scorching heat. Hundreds of wildfires have broken out in Himachal Pradesh as temperatures have risen in recent weeks, PTI reported.

Read also : After severe heatwave, IMD issues dust storm and thunderstorm warning for Delhi

Last week, Modi issued a stark warning about rising temperatures and the number of fires in landfills, dumps and forests. He had mentioned that “temperatures are rising rapidly in the country and we are seeing an increase in fires in various places”. During his talks with key ministers, Modi had asked states to prioritize fire safety audits for hospitals, factories and other buildings of public importance.

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