New Delhi: Light to moderate rains occurred on Friday at various places across North India, where an advancing monsoon kept the mercury under check.
Mercury settled below normal in Delhi and NCR region due to overcast condition and scattered rains, but high humidity levels remained a spoiler for people.
The city received 11.6 mm of rain till this evening. The maximum temperature was recorded a notch below normal at 38.6 degrees, whereas the humidity was as high as 91 percent.
The MeT department has predicted a partly cloudy sky for tomorrow, with possibility of light rains and thundershowers in some areas.
Rajasthan also received rains as the monsoon, after entering five days ahead of its schedule, advanced in the south-eastern parts of the state.
Pilani, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Churu recorded 14, 9.4, 2 and 0.3 mm rainfall respectively, whereas Sawai Madhopur received 40 mm of rains during past 24 hours.
Many other places including Pilani, Rawatbhata, Banswara, Dabok, Barmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Churu also received light to moderate rainfall, the MeT department said.
Mercury settled below normal by several notches in Punjab and Haryana also following heavy rains that lashed the region yesterday.
While Union Territory of Chandigarh registered a maximum of 35.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, temperature in Haryana`s Hisar district fell by as many as six degrees to settle at 35 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures came down markedly in Punjab, where Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximums of 35 and 35.9 degrees Celsius.
Amritsar, that had been sizzling under intense heat, recorded 35.8 degrees, four notches below normal.
The MeT, in its forecast, says heavy rains may occur at isolated places in the region.
Rains also lashed middle and lower hills in Himachal Pradesh, where Nagrota Suryan in Kangra district was the wettest with 90 mm of rainfall.
Renuka, Nahan and Rajgarh in Sirmaur district received 86, 81 and 78 mm of rains, followed by Dharmpur (74 mm), Jubbarhatti (73 mm), Kasauli (72 mm), Kahu (68 mm), Bislaspur (56 mm), Solan (52 mm), Jhandutta (46 mm), Berthin (45 mm), Shimla and Mashobra (41 mm) and Dharmshala (38 mm).
The mercury, however, refused to come down despite the rains and it went up by four to eight notches in most places.
Temperatures remained subdued across various divisions of Uttar Pradesh also, where light to moderate rains occurred at isolated places during past 24 hours.
Day temperatures came down in Meerut, Varanasi, Moradabad, Jhansi and Bareilly divisions and the highest maximum temperature was recorded in Allahabad at 40.3 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.