After a brief lull, simmering heat wave marked a return in Northern India as the scorching sun pushed mercury above normal levels in most parts of the region.

Temperature maintained an upward trend in Delhi, where the maximum temperature stood at 43.6 degrees Celsius against Tuesday's 41.7 degrees Celsius. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent.

Heat wave swept Punjab and Haryana too, as temperatures increased sharply at most places in the two states. Hisar was the hottest place in the region with 45.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, followed by Narnaul, which recorded 45.3 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.

In Punjab, Amritsar remained the hottest place at 44.8 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.

Rajasthan remained in the grip of sizzling heat, where Churu was the hottest place with a maximum of 47.4 degrees Celsius. Bikaner recorded a high of 46.6 degrees Celsius, whereas Sriganga Nagar recorded day temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT department.

Kota, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Ajmer recorded 44.8, 44.3, 44 and 43.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Temperatures, however, fell in eastern Uttar Pradesh as moderate to heavy rains lashed the region, even as the weather remained mainly dry in other parts of the state.

Churk received the maximum amount of rainfall at 7 mm during past 24 hours, the Met department said.

Day temperatures stood below normal in Allahabad, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and Bareilly divisions, while it was normal in other areas, it said.

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