NEW DELHI: The searing heat wave sweeping northern, western and central India claimed ten lives on Tuesday. Kota in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the country at 48.4 degrees Celsius.

Seven persons died in Gujarat as heat wave conditions prevailed in parts of northern and Kutch regions.

Bhavnagar, where two deaths were reported, boiled at 45.1 degrees followed by Ahmedabad at 44.4.

In Rajasthan, the heat wave claimed three lives in Jaipur. Kota sizzled at 48.4 while Sriganganagar and Jaisalmer braved 48.1 and 48 respectively. Most parts of the State recorded temperatures above 45 degrees.

Sweltering heat swept Punjab and Haryana where Hisar recorded its hottest day in over a decade at 48.1 degrees. The district had registered 48.8 on May 26, 1998.

Elsewhere in the region, Amritsar baked at 45.9 degrees, the highest this season, followed by Ludhiana at 44.8 and Patiala 44.

Delhi, too, saw the mercury shoot up as hot winds blew across the city. The day's maximum temperature was 44.6, a rise of 1.2 over Monday, while the minimum was 29.6. The city recorded its hottest day so far this season on May 17 when the mercury touched 45.4.