New Delhi: Hot conditions prevailed in many
parts of north India on Wednesday except in Jammu and Kashmir which
was lashed by torrential rains giving respite to denizens.
Churu in Rajasthan sizzled at 43.3 degrees while Bikaner,
Barmer, Kota and Dabok in the desert state reeled at 42.8 C,
42.6 C, 42.5 and 42.2 degrees respectively.
Mercury rose marginally in the national capital touching
a high of 41.7 degree Celsius, two notches above normal. The
minimum was recorded at 28.5 C, five degrees above normal and
up by 1.7 degrees from yesterday.
In Punjab and Haryana, Hissar braved a hot day at 43.8 C,
five notches above normal, followed by Ludhiana 41 C, Patiala
39.8 C and Chandigarh 38.4 C.
Meanwhile, heavy downpour brought down the temperature
considerably in Jammu region providing much relief to denizens
from the blistering heat.
The day temperature in Srinagar fell by ten notches to
settle at 15.8 degree Celsius, six notches below normal. Jammu
city recorded a maximum of 35.2 C as compared to the near
normal 38 C yesterday.
However, night temperature at both the places was
slightly higher than the normal level. While summer capital
Srinagar recorded a low of 14.0 degrees, it was 28.2 degree
Celsius in winter capital Jammu.
The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in South Kashmir
recorded a maximum of 12.6 C and a minimum of 9.4 C, the
lowest in the state.
Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded the highest 26.6 MM
rainfall in the state followed by Pahalgam 25.0 MM, Katra 19.6
MM, Srinagar 17.3 MM and Jammu 13.2 MM.
In Himachal Pradesh, higher reaches experienced mild
snowfall accompanied by showers even as the weather remained
dry in the mid and lower areas.
Keylong, the headquarter of Lahaul and Spiti district,
received light rainfall while a mild snowfall was recorded at
the high altitude areas of the region.
However, capital Shimla witnessed a sunny day with the
mercury settling at 27.9 degree Celsius against yesterday`s
27.4 C. The night temperature in the Queen of Hills was
recorded at 17.4 C.
Una was the hottest place in the state recording a
maximum temperature of 40 degree Celsius.