New Delhi: Rising temperatures coupled with high humidity levels made people swelter across North India which remained under the grip of a severe heat wave.
The maximum temperature in capital Delhi was recorded at 41.6 degrees celsius, five degrees above normal and the minimum was 30.4 degrees celsius, two notches above normal.
In Rajasthan, Churu continued to remain the hottest place recording a maximum temperature of 44.1 degrees celsius followed by SriGanganagar at 42.8 degrees.
Bikaner, Barmer, Jaipur and Jaisalmer recorded maximum temperatures of 40.5, 40, 39.8 and 39.5 degrees respectively while other places recorded day temperatures between 37.4 degrees celsius and 39.3 degrees.
The weather would be mainly dry in parts of the state during the next 48 hours.
There was no respite from the heat wave for people in Uttar Pradesh, who continued to swelter in above normal temperatures.
Most parts of the state were under the grip of heat wave conditions, which would continue to prevail for the next two days, the MET department said.
After respite for a couple of days, the maximum temperature in most parts of Punjab and Haryana on Thursday soared by upto two degrees celsius.
The maximum temperature hovered between one to four degrees celsius above normal in most parts of Punjab and Haryana, the Met office said here.
Hisar recorded the highest day temperature in the region with a high of 42.7 degrees celsius, up by three notches, while Rohtak settled at a high of 42.3 degrees celsius, four notches above normal.
The maximum temperature at Amritsar and Bhiwani was 41.6 degrees celsius, four notches above normal.