Mercury rises in north

After a brief respite, mercury rose by several notches in many parts of the northern belt except in the national capital where overnight rains pushed the temperature below normal levels.

Last Updated: May 02, 2010, 21:14 PM IST

New Delhi: After a brief respite, mercury
rose by several notches in many parts of the northern belt
except in the national capital where overnight rains pushed
the temperature below normal levels.

Barmer in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the region,
sizzling at 44.6 degrees. Jaisalmer recorded a maximum
temperature of 43.4 C followed by Ganganagar 42.3 C, Bikaner
42 C, Churu 41.8 C and Dabok 41.4 degree Celsius.

In Punjab and Haryana, Hisar braved a hot day at 41.4 C,
a rise of almost two degrees than yesterday. While Chandigarh
recorded a maximum temperature of 38.5 C, two notches above
normal, that in Amritsar settled at 39.5 C, up by two degrees.

Patiala and Ludhiana recorded a day-time temperature of
39.1 C and 39 C respectively.

Mercury also showed a rising trend in Himachal Pradesh
with capital Shimla recording a maximum temperature of 25.9 C
and a minimum of 14.6 C.

Una was the hottest place in the state, with the maximum
settling at 39.8 C followed by Sundernagar 34.9 C and
Dharamsala 34.4 C.

Meanwhile, overnight rains brought down the mercury in
the national capital below normal levels as the city recorded
a maximum of 36.7 C, two notches below normal, and a minimum
of 23.6 degrees. It received an overnight rainfall of 1.6 MM.

PTI