The top 10 points on early summer in India
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) says the maximum temperatures on Thursday are "markedly above normal", that is, 5 degrees or more in most places in west Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and west Madhya Pradesh
Temperatures are "appreciably above normal", that is, 3 to 5 degrees more in most places of western Uttar Pradesh, western Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa and coastal Karnataka
Akola in Vidarbha, recorded the highest temperature at 38.4 degree Celsius
IMD's seasonal forecast says there is a 52% chance of maximum temperatures in the core heat wave zone touching its peak between March and May.
Mumbai is already feeling the heat with extraordinarily high temperatures this year; February 28 was the warmest on record; temperature recorded at Santacruz weather station was 37.4 degrees Celsius, which is 5.3 degrees above normal
Met department says maximum temperatures in Delhi will be 4 degrees above normal; at 32 degrees over the next 24 hours. There may be some respite on Friday, with light rain.
Hailstorm, thundershowers are likely in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in next two or three days
Met official says, Shimla was warm this winter as temperatures were nearly two degrees above average
National Capital Region can expect slight relief with thundershowers on Saturday and maximum temperatures falling to 28-29 degrees on Sunday
The National Capital Region is breathing cleaner air; places like Noida, Palam and Lodhi Road saw "moderately polluted" air quality instead of "severe" or "poor", for the first time in 2018.