New Delhi: North India continued to reel under scorching heat on Tuesday with the mercury crossing the 40 degrees Celsius mark in several places.
Barring parts of Rajasthan that received moderate rain since last evening, the weather remained dry in the region.
In the national capital, it was the hottest day of August since 2002 with the mercury touching 39.4 degrees Celsius.
Day temperature, which was six points above normal today, bettered its own record of the last 12 years, which it had broken yesterday when it had settled at 39.1 degrees.
"It is the hottest day of August since 2002," said Ravinder Vishen, a senior MeT official. The minimum also hovered close to the 30 degrees Celsius mark.
Humidity levels during the day oscillated between 69 and 36 percent.
Hot weather conditions also persisted in Punjab, with Hisar recording a maximum temperature of 40.5 degrees. Muggy conditions prevailed in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, where the maximum settled at 37.5 degrees Celsius.
Haryana's Bhiwani had a high of 38.8 degrees. Mercury in Ambala settled at 36.6 degrees, four notches above normal, while Karnal registered a maximum of 36 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab, Patiala was hottest at 38.1 degrees, while Amritsar recorded a high of 37 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.
The desert state of Rajasthan, however, experienced scattered rains since last evening.
According to the Jaipur MeT office, moderate rainfall occurred in Udaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur divisions. Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh, Sumerpur, Jawai Bandh recorded maximum rainfall of 5-cm each in the past 24 hours.
In the northwest region of the state covering Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner, the mercury soared. Ganganagar in the region sizzled at 41.2 degrees Celsius.
Churu recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees, followed by Bikaner 38.6, Pilani 38.2 and Jaipur 38.5 degrees Celsius.