New Delhi: Pre-monsoon showers lashed
several parts of north India where two persons died in rain-
related incidents in Uttar Pradesh today, even as hot and
humid conditions made life unpleasant for people in Delhi,
Punjab and Haryana.
The maximum temperature settled at 38.6 degree Celsius
in the national capital which recorded a minimum of 29.8
degree Celsius. The humidity ranged between 74 per cent and 50
per cent, making it a very humid day.
In Uttar Pradesh, a man was killed when a wall collapsed
due to rains in Kannauj, while another died in a similar
incident in Hathras.
According to a Central Water commission report, rainfall
of 40.6 mm was received in Raebareli, 11.6 mm in Kannauj and
7.2 mm in Shahjahanpur. Water levels in major rivers like
Ganga, Ghagra and Gomti continued to rise but all were below
the danger mark, it said.
Rains continued in parts of Rajasthan where Kota and
Chittorgarh recorded 27.2 mm and 9.5 mm rainfall till evening.
The desert state also witnessed dip in temperatures by a
few degrees with Sriganganagar recording a maximum of 42.9
degree Celsius followed by Jaisalmer at 42.1 degrees. Other
places recorded day temperature in the range of 41.1 and 32.6
deg C respectively.
Most parts of Punjab and Haryana were gripped by hot and
humid conditions with mercury settling up to two degree
Celsius above normal at some places in the region.
Hisar in Haryana settled at a high of 41.7 deg C, two
notches above normal. Among other places in the twin states,
Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degree Celsius,
two notches above normal followed by 38.4 deg C at Ludhiana.
Chandigarh had a high of 37.6 deg C, one notch above normal.
The mercury rose marginally and stayed close to normal
in Himachal Pradesh as foggy conditions prevailed in the mid
hills and intermittent showers lashed the capital Shimla.
Paonta Sahib was the hottest place in the hill state
with a high of 41 deg C, while Una recorded a maximum of 38.0
deg C, followed by Bhuntar (35 deg C), Sundernagar and Mandi
(34 deg C), and Dharamshala (32.6 degree).
The maximum temperature remained steady at 25.5 deg C in
Shimla which was lashed by showers this evening. Jubbarhatti
was the wettest in the region with 26 mm rains.