The heat wave continued unabated in the north on Saturday with the mercury settling above the 40 degree Celsius mark at many places and Churu in Rajasthan sizzling at 46.2°C.
The Met office said daytime temperatures stayed mostly above 42°C in the desert State, where Sriganganagar and Jaisalmer and Bikaner recorded highs of 45.1°C and 44.6°C respectively.
Barmer and Jaipur recorded maximum temperatures of 43.2°C, the Met office said.
In Punjab and Haryana, Hisar was the hottest in the region with a daytime temperature of 45.1°C, five degrees above normal.
The mercury in Bhiwani soared to 43.4°C, three notches above normal, while in Ambala the high was recorded at 41.4°C, three marks above normal.
In Chandigarh, the mercury settled at 40.6°C.
In Punjab, Patiala saw the mercury touch 42.6°C, five degrees above normal.
In Ludhiana and Amritsar, the daytime temperatures were recorded at 41.8°C and 41.3°C.
Residents of the national capital too experienced a hot day as the maximum temperature was recorded at 43.3°C. The low was recorded at 31.3°C.
The humidity oscillated between 21 and 31 per cent.
In Himachal Pradesh, Una was the hottest at 41.6°C while the Queen of the Hills had a high of 27.7°C.
Nahan, Solan and Dharamsala recorded maximum temperatures of 35.7, 33.3 and 35.4°C respectively.