Intense heatwave continued to sweep most parts of the country on Thursday barring some states in the north with Telangana and Odisha together reporting 16 fresh sunstroke deaths.
Dry weather prevailed in Gangetic West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Vidharbha region in Maharashtra, Bihar, Jaharkhand, Uttara Pradesh. Mercury in the national capital soared to 40.2 degrees Celsius. The minimum in the city was 22.2 degrees Celsius.
Talcher and Sonepur in Odisha recorded the maximum in the country at 45.4 degrees Celsius. Bhubaneswar braved the searing sun at 45.3 degrees Celsius.