No respite from blazing heat
The unbearable heat wave conditions continued in many states where maximum temperatures remained two to seven notches above normal even as Hisar in Haryana blazed at 44.4 degrees Celsius.
Day temperatures were appreciably above normal in all northern states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand as well as parts of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura.
In the national capital, the mercury settled at a maximum of 41.1 degrees, down from thursday's season's high of 42.6 even as weathermen predicted a clear sky for saturday with the maximum temperature settling at around 42 degrees.
Maximum temperatures continued to hover above 40 degrees in most pockets of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
After Hisar, Amritsar reeled under a high of 43.8 degrees, seven notches above normal while Patiala and Ludhiana sizzled at an identical high of 41.5.
In Himachal Pradesh, Una was the hottest place with mercury reading 41 degrees. Capital Shimla had a high of 26.5.
Forty people have died across the country since the onset of summer. While 12 people have died in West Bengal, there have been 10 deaths in Orissa, seven in Jharkhand, eight in Uttar Pradesh and three in Gujarat.