Most parts of northern India including Delhi reeled under hot and humid conditions Tuesday even though mercury dropped by a few notches at various places in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan where the maximum still hovered around 45 degrees C.
Churu at 45.3 degrees Celsius was the hottest in the desert state followed by Kota which recorded a maximum of 44.4 degrees. Both the places were warmer yesterday with Churu recording a maximum of 47.2 degrees and Kota sizzling at 46.6 deg C.
Pilani, Jaipur, Sikar and Sriganganagar recorded maximum of 44.2, 43.6, 43.5 and 43.4 degrees Celsius respectively while Bikaner and Chittorgarh recorded day temperatures of 42.9 and 42.5 degrees C.
However, Delhi recorded a marginal rise in temperature peaking at 44.3 degrees C as compared to yesterday's 44.1 degrees. Today's maximum was five notches above normal while the minimum temparature touched 32.6 degrees -- the highest of the season.
The minimum temparature in the national capital, which rose by 1.5 degrees from yesterday's 31.1 degrees, was four degrees above normal for this time of the year.
The previous highest minimum temperature of the season was recorded at 31.8 degrees Celsius, on June 5.
Humidity levels remained high, oscillating between 61 and 18 per cent to make conditions worse for residents.
Ajmer and Barmer in Rajasthan recorded 42.2 degrees while Jodhpur and Jaisalmer recorded maximum of 40.2 and 39.6 degrees respectively.
Prevailing heat wave to severe heat wave conditions would continue during the next 48 hours in the desert state, Met officials said.
Heat wave continued to sweep Punjab and Haryana despite a drop in temperature at places. While Bhiwani in Haryana was was the hottest at 44 degrees Celsius, rains provided a little respite to people in Chandigarh where the temperature came down from yesterday's 41.5 to 39.2 degrees C.
Monday's maximum in Haryana had gone beyond 47 degrees Celsius with Hisar being the hottest at 47.8 degrees.