30 Apr :Nagpur in Maharashtra baked at 47.1 degree celsius as a gruelling heat wave buffeted northern, eastern and western regions with Orissa accounting for nine more sunstroke deaths and Delhi recording the highest-ever day temperature in half-a-century in April.
Maharashtra wilted under intense heat with temperatures breaching the 47 degree celsius mark in Nagpur district, Akola in western Vidarbha and Bhusaval in northern part of the state.
Both Akola and Bhusval sizzled at 47 degree celsius each as Chandrapur in Maharashtra recorded 46.5 degrees, Wardha 46, Amravati 44.5 and Yavatmal 44.2.
Nine fresh sunstroke deaths were reported in Orissa as the statwide toll since the onset of the torrid heat wave mounted to 67.
Though the mercury fell marginally in coastal Orissa, the western part of the state remained on the boil with mercury hovering over 45 degree celsius in several places.
Churu in Rajasthan roasted at 46.2 degree celsius as the desert state remained in the grip of intense heat with mercury shooting up to unbearable levels throwing normal life out of gear.
Bikaner reeled at 45.4 degree celsius, Jaisalmer at 45.3, Pink City Jaipur at 44.7 and Ganganagar at 44.6 as mercury stayed up to seven notches above normal in Rajasthan.