Scorching heat continued in many parts of the country even as the maximum temperature dipped in the national capital while parts of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh received rains. The national capital remained in the grip of severe heatwave although the maximum temperature witnessed a dip from what it was yesterday. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. Yesterday, the maximum temperature in the city was 43.2 degrees Celsius. Heatwave conditions prevailed in Rajasthan with most places in the state recording maximum temperatures above 41 degrees Celsius. Churu was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius. In Pilani the maximum temperature was 44.6 degrees Celsius, followed Sriganganagar and Kota both at 44.3 degrees Celsius, Bikaner at 43.6 degrees Celsius, Jaisalmer at 43.5 degrees Celsius and Jaipur at 43.3 degrees Celsius. Heatwave condition further intensified in most parts of Odisha, mainly in the western region, with Angul becoming the hottest place in the state recording a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius. The mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least 11 places in the state, with the local MeT office predicting that intense heatwave conditions would persist for some more days. While Balangir town recorded a maximum temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius, it was 44.1 degrees Celsius in the coal town of Talcher, 44 degrees Celsius in Jharsuguda and 43.8 degrees Celsius in Sonepur. However, some areas in the coastal belt of the state got some relief because of a thunder squall and rain. Two sunstroke deaths have so far been reported in the state, one each from Bargarh and Angul districts. Punjab and Haryana continued to reel under severe heatwave conditions with Narnaul being the hottest place in both the states with a maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius, seven notches above normal. In Haryana, Hisar recorded a high of 44.2 degrees Celsius while Ambala's maximum temperature was 38.8 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar experienced hot weather at 41.3 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 41.5 degrees Celsius and 40.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Dry weather conditions prevailed at isolated places in western parts of Uttar Pradesh while day temperature fell in Varanasi and Lucknow divisions.
Banda was the hottest place in the state recording a maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius. Light rainfall occurred at one or two places in Bihar, while the weather remained generally dry in most parts of the state. Since yesterday, Purnea received 0.7 mm rains while Bhagalpur witnessed 1.6 mm of rainfall. The local MeT office said there is a possibility of rain or thunderstorm in Bhagalpur and Purnea tomorrow. The maximum temperature at Patna stood at 32 degrees Celsius, while Gaya recorded a high of 37.7 degrees Celsius. Heatwave conditions prevailed in the lower hills of Himachal Pradesh as day temperatures stayed five to eight degrees above normal in spite of rainfall at some places. Udaipur and Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district received 19 mm and 7 mm of rains respectively, while Tissa and Saloni in Chamba district witnessed 6 mm and 5 mm rainfall respectively. Rainfall also occurred in Shimla. Una was the hottest place in the state recording a high of 42.2 degrees Celsius, while Sundernagar recorded a maximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius.
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