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Intense heatwave continued its grip in many parts of the country with Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh recording a maximum of 47.3 degrees Celsius. In parts of the national capital, the mercury hovered around 42 degrees Celsius. In Telangana, 167 people are suspected to have died due to sunstroke since April, a senior official of the state disaster management said. However, it is yet to be ascertained that these deaths are heatwave-related, the official said, adding three-member government committees in each administrative unit are looking into the matter. Telangana has been experiencing severe heatwave for the past few days with maximum temperatures crossing the 40-degree mark in most places. Bhadrachalam, Ramagundam and Nalgonda were the hottest places in the state with each recording maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius. Heatwave conditions prevailed at a few places in coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Vidarbha region and Tamil Nadu. Machilipatnam in coastal Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest maximum temperature in the plains at 47.3 degrees Celsius. Odisha also remained in the grip of intense heat even as a slight drop in temperatures brought respite in some areas. Malkangiri was the hottest place in the state at 45.4 degrees Celsius, while the mercury breached the 44-degree mark at four places and the 40-degree mark in nine places. Titlagarh was a close second to Malkangiri at 44.5 degrees Celsius, while Balangir recorded a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius. At least six people have died due to sunstroke in the state this summer so far. Sriganganagar and Kota were the hottest places in Rajasthan with both recording maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius while light rainfall occurred at isolated places. Bikaner, Barmer, Jaipur and Ajmer registered maximum temperatures of 44.8 degrees Celsius, 44 degrees Celsius, 43.6 degrees Celsius and 42.8 degrees Celsius respectively. Hot weather conditions prevailed in several parts of Haryana and Punjab with maximum temperatures staying a few notches above normal levels in both the states. Hisar in Haryana was the hottest place with 44 degrees Celsius, while Narnaul recorded a high of 43 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar's maximum temperature was 40.3 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded 40.5 degrees Celsius and 41.1 degrees Celsius respectively. Uttar Pradesh experienced hot and dry weather with Allahabad and Banda both registering 44 degrees Celsius. Varanasi recorded a high of 43.4 degrees Celsius followed by Sultanpur 43.2 degrees Celsius and Orai 43 degrees Celsius. The weather in Bihar was mainly dry with Gaya being the hottest place in the state at 42.8 degree Celsius. In the state capital Patna, the mercury touched the 41.4 degree Celsius mark. Day temperatures were above normal in parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh, and interior Karnataka.