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Another person died of sunstroke in Odisha, taking the toll to six today as heatwave continued in several parts of the country with Banda in Uttar Pradesh registering a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Hot weather conditions prevailed in the national capital with the mercury settling at 43 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city sending Delhi's power demand soaring to the year's highest -- at a staggering 6,021 MW. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 41.4 degrees Celsius. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar observatories recorded maximum temperatures of 42.8 degrees Celsius, 41.2 degrees Celsius, 42 degrees Celsius and 43.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. Sunstroke toll climbed to six in Odisha with the death of one person reported from Bargarh district as the state sizzled under blistering heat. While three heat-related deaths have been reported from Angul district, two casualties took place in Bargarh and one in Balangir district so far, the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office said. Titlagarh at 46.5 degrees Celsius was the hottest in the state where the mercury breached the 45-degree mark at four places. Balangir recorded a high of 46.4 degrees Celsius, while the mercury shot up to 45.5 degrees Celsius at Jharsuguda, 45.2 degrees Celsius at Malkangiri, 44.9 degrees Celsius at Sambalpur and 44.8 degrees Celsius at Sonepur. In Rajasthan, Kota was the hottest place at 43.8 degrees Celsius followed Churu at 43.2 degrees Celsius, Barmer 42.1 degrees Celsius and Bikaner at 41.7 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperatures dropped slightly at most places in Punjab and Haryana, with Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recording a high of 40 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 40.1 degrees Celsius while Karnal and Hisar registered at 40.6 degrees Celsius and 42 degrees Celsius respectively. In Punjab, Patiala recorded a high of 40.9 degrees Celsius. Bihar witnessed dry weather condition today with Gaya remaining the hottest place at 41.6 degrees Celsius. Bhagalpur and Purnea registered maximum temperatures of 35 degree Celsius and 33 degrees Celsius respectively. Heat wave conditions prevailed in east Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha region. Banda in eastern Uttar Pradesh registered a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. In Telangana, Nalgonda registered a high of 46.4 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature at Bapatla in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh was 46.3 degrees Celsius. Thunder squall hit several parts of Himachal Pradesh causing sharp fall in the mercury with Una recording a high of 33 degrees Celsius. Several areas witnessed light rains with Kangra and Manali recording 7 mm and 5.8 mm of rains, followed by Kalpa 2.6 mm and Shimla and Keylong 2 mm each. Rainfall also occurred in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, sub- Himalayan West Bengal and interior Tamil Nadu.
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