Heat wave swept many parts of the country even as the maximum temperature dipped marginally in Rajasthan and rains, caused by a northwester, brought respite in the coastal region of Odisha.
The national capital reeled under heat wave with the mercury soaring to 44 degrees in some parts of the city.
The maximum temperature as registered by the Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for the city, stood at 42.5 degrees Celsius. The Palam observatory recorded a high of 44.4 degrees Celsius.
The mercury dipped marginally at some places in Rajasthan while Sriganganagar recorded the highest maximum temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Churu was 45 degrees Celsius followed by 44.4 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer, 43.2 degrees Celsius in Pilani, 43 degrees Celsius in Bikaner and 42.8 degrees Celsius in Kota.
Jaipur recorded a high of 42 degrees Celsius while Barmer, Ajmer and Jodhpur registered maximum temperatures of 41.5 degrees Celsius, 41.4 degrees Celsius and 41.3 degrees Celsius respectively.
The MeT department has predicted severe heat waves at a few places in the eastern and western regions of the state till tomorrow.
Searing heat persisted in western Odisha with Balangir being the hottest place in the state recording a high of 43 degrees Celsius, even as a nor'wester brought respite in the coastal region of the state.
The mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least eight places in the state as Titlagarh, also in Balangir district, recorded a maximum temperature of 42.8 degree Celsius.
Sonepur recorded a maximum temperature of 42.4 degrees Celsius, followed by 42 degrees Celsius in Bhawanipatna, 41.1 degrees Celsius at Angul town and 40.4 degrees Celsius in Jharsuguda.
Thundersquall and rain due to a nor'wester occurred in some parts of the coastal belt and adjoining areas. Following this, Bhubaneswar recorded maximum temperature of 35.5 degrees Celsius.
Two sunstroke deaths have so far been reported in the state, one each from Bargarh and Angul districts.
Haryana and Punjab continued to remain under the grip of severe heat wave conditions with some places in both the states, including Chandigarh, Narnaul and Karnal, experiencing the season's hottest day.
Narnaul in Haryana, which registered a maximum temperature of 45.3 degrees Celsius, once again turned out to be the hottest place in the two states.
Hisar experienced a hot day recording a high of 43.9 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal. Ambala and Karnal also registered above-normal maximum temperatures of 41.3 degrees Celsius and 42 degrees Celsius respectively.
In Amritsar, the mercury rose to 42.6 degrees Celsius, while in Ludhiana the maximum temperature was 43.1 degrees Celsius.
The weather remained dry in Uttar Pradesh with Allahabad being the hottest place in the state at 45 degrees Celsius while heat wave conditions were observed at isolated places in the western parts of the state.
The weatherman has predicted that rain and thundershowers at isolated places tomorrow and the day after. Heat wave conditions are likely to prevail at some areas tomorrow.
Adilabad district in Telangana recorded the highest maximum temperature of 44.1 degrees Celsius while Medak and Mahabubnagar both registered a high of 43 degrees Celsius followed by Hyderabad 42 degrees Celsius.
The MeT department has warned that heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail at isolated places in all districts of Telangana tomorrow.
The weather remained hot and humid in Patna and other parts of Bihar, with Gaya, which was the hottest place in the state, sizzling at 41.6 degrees Celsius.
Day temperatures rose marginally in most parts of Himachal Pradesh, with Una experiencing the hottest day of the season with the mercury rising to 41.6 degrees Celsius.
Sundernagar registered a maximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Bhuntar 34 degrees Celsius, Nahan 33.9 degrees Celsius, Solan 33.6 degrees Celsius and Dharamsala 32.6 degrees Celsius.