Heat tightens grip over N-India, Rajasthan hottest

Last Updated: Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 20:56

New Delhi: Blistering heat continued its
surge across north India today affecting normal life in
Rajasthan which was the hottest with the mercury soaring above
48 degrees Celsius at many places keeping people indoors as
Delhi witnessed its hottest day in June at 44.8 deg C.

Dry weather remained unabated driving mercury beyond
bearable levels at many places in the desert state including
Phalodi, Sriganganagar and Barmer which recorded temperatures
of 48.2, 48.1 and 48 degrees Celsius respectively deterring
people from venturing out.

Churu also boiled at 47.4 degree C, followed by Kota and
Jaisalmer which sizzled at an identical 46.9 deg C while
Jaipur recorded the season`s maximum at 45.8 degree C.

Heat wave conditions intensified in Delhi as well with
the mercury rising to over 44 degrees Celsius, six degrees
above normal and the maximum recorded in the month of June.

Maximum temperature was recorded at 44.8 degrees against
yesterday`s 43.2 degrees, the Met department said.

The unbearable heat spell put normal life out of gear
in the capital as the humidity levels recorded were as high as
67 per cent.

The city roads witnessed thin traffic with people
preferring to remain indoors. There was little crowd to be
seen at India Gate which normally bustles with activities.

Searing heat scorched Punjab and Haryana also with Hisar
being the hottest at 47.6 degrees Celsius.

While Hisar in Haryana was hotter by seven degrees,
Ambala also braved a hot day at 43.2 deg C, up by five
notches, the Met office said.

Karnal also sizzled at 43.4 deg C, up by five degrees
while Chandigarh experienced a hot day at 41.4 deg C, four
notches above normal.

In Punjab, scorching heat swept Amritsar at 44.4 deg C,
up by four degrees while Ludhiana was equally hot at 44 deg C,
four degrees above normal.

Scorching heat prevailed in Patiala as well, with the
maximum there soaring to 43.6 deg C, five above normal.

Heat wave conditions have intensified in the region
during the past ten days, with Met office predicting no
immediate relief from the scorching weather.

The maximum temperature in the region is likely to
further increase by up to two degrees tomorrow, it said.

Uttar Pradesh also reeled under heat wave and sultry
weather conditions with Jhansi recording the maximum
temperature of 46.7 degree Celsius.

"No rainfall was recorded from any part of the state
and heat wave condition with high humidity continued to
prevail in the UP," Met officials said here.

In Lucknow maximum temperature hovered around 41.3
degree C, two notches above normal, whereas Varanasi recorded
41.8 degree C, three degree above normal, the officials said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 20:56

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