Schools closed in India heat wave
Sales of soft drinks have soared along with the temperatures
Schools in the Indian capital Delhi are to remain shut for another week because of an ongoing country-wide heat wave.
There have been protests across India as water and power supplies are disrupted by extra demand as people struggle to deal with the conditions.
The blisteringly hot temperatures have hit the north and east of the country hardest, killing scores of people.
Economists earlier this week warned that the delayed monsoon could have a dire impact on the Indian economy.
Power in demand
The BBC's Rahul Tandon in Delhi says that although the rains have finally reached some parts of the country, northern India remains in the grip of the heat wave.
It has been a struggle to keep cool in many northern cities
Our correspondent says that things do not look like they are getting better, with falling levels in India's largest dam resulting in the authorities announcing a cut in water supplies to a number of northern states .
That could have serious implications for the rural economy which employs almost two thirds of the country's population, our correspondent says.
Temperatures in the north for much of the last three weeks have seldom dropped below 40C, prompting the authorities to give two million school children an extra week of holiday.
High temperatures have also led to an increased demand for power as people try and cool down.
The system has at times been unable to cope leading to power cuts in many parts of the country which in turn has triggered angry protests.
The eastern Indian state of Orissa appears to have been worst affected with 58 people dying from heat stroke, according to local officials.
Unofficial figures in the Orissa media put the number of dead closer to 200.
Correspondents say that the highest temperature of 49C was this week recorded in Bundelkhand district of northern Uttar Pradesh state, where villagers performed rituals to induce rain.
In many parts of the north, huge swathes of rural farmland have turned bone dry.
The meteorological department said the sweltering conditions were likely to continue for at least two more days.
Monsoon rains usually last from June to September.