Northern India plains on Sunday baked under torrid weather conditions with mercury soaring to 45.5 deg C in Banda in Uttar Pradesh and the national capital scorching at 42.6 deg C.
Scorching sun forced Delhiites to confine themselves to their homes on a Sunday. Sunday's maximum was four degree above normal, up from Saturday's 41 deg C, while the minimum was at 28.4 deg C, three degrees above normal and up from previous day's 28.2 deg C.
Lucknow registered a maximum of 43.1 deg C, three notches above normal. Jhansi recorded a high of 44.4 deg C followed by Varanasi - 43.6 deg C and Kanpur - 43 deg C.
The plains of Haryana and Punjab also reeled under severe heat conditions.
Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 41 deg C, three notches above normal and up by a degree since on Saturday, the MeT said in New Delhi.
In Haryana, Hisar was the hottest at 43.9 deg C, four notches above normal level. Ambala, too, had a hot day at 41.8 deg C, also up by four notches.
In Punjab, Patiala recorded a high of 43 deg C, followed by Amritsar 42.7 deg C and Ludhiana 42.6 deg C.
Rajasthan continued to simmer under hot conditions with the maximum temperature today rising to 45.9 deg C in Sriganganagar.
Some other parts in Rajasthan also recorded maximum temperatures above the 40 degree mark, while the Pink City registered a high of 42.6 deg C.
Churu recorded 45.8 deg C, Jaisalmer and Bikaner 44 deg C each, Barmer 43 deg C, Kota 43.9 deg C, Ajmer 42 deg C, Dabok 41 deg C and Jodhpur 40.8, respectively.
Day temperature rose marginally in lower and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh, while the minimum temperatures remained moderate.
Una in Shivalik foothills was hottest in the region with mercury touching 42.8 deg C - four degree above normal, while Mandi and Sundernagar recorded a high of 38.6 deg C and 37.4 deg C respectively.
Shimla was hot during the day with mercury touching 28.5 deg C - more than 6 degree above normal, while Nahan recorded a high of 29.1 deg C.
Bhuntar, Nahan and Dharamsala recorded maximum temperature at 35.2 deg C, 35 deg C and 33.6 deg C, while Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a high of 25 deg C, four degree above normal.
Sultry conditions prevailed in Uttarakhand with mercury rising considerably both in hilly and plain areas.
In Dehradun, the day's maximum temperature rose to 37.9 degree C, which was 3 degree C above normal, Met office said.
Haridwar and Udhamsingh Nagar districts in the plains also reported considerable rise in temperature.