New Delhi: Sweltering heat conditions prevailed in the northern region as mercury crossed the 40 degree Celsius mark in most parts, even as thunderstorm and rains lashed some areas.
Sudden rain spell in the evening subdued soaring mercury in Delhi, which recorded a high of 39.5 degree Celsius during the day, a notch above normal and slightly higher from yesterday`s 38.6 degree Celsius.
In the evening, clouds descended over the national capital following which rains and thunderstorm was reported in several parts of the city. The minimum temperature was recorded at 25.2 degree Celsius.
In Haryana and Punjab, mercury continued to soar as heat conditions swept the region. Ambala in Haryana recorded a high of 39.6 degree Celsius, while Karnal registered a high of 39.4 degree Celsius.
Ludhiana in Punjab had a hot day at 40.3 degree Celsius while Amritsar recorded a high of 40.3 degree Celsius. Chandigarh also registered an increase in its maximum temperature, which settled at 38.6 degree Celsius.
In Rajasthan, despite a squall accompained with thundershowers in some parts of the state, Jhalawar recorded a maximum of 44.6 degree Celsius.
Light drizzles did occur at Pilani, Barmer, and Sriganganagar due to a local upper air circulation of winds and clouds, but the maximum temperature in entire state was above 40 degree Celsius mark.
While Kota recorded a maximum of 43.3 degree Celsius, mercury in Barmer settled at 43.1 deg C, in Churu at 42.4, Sriganganagar 42, and Jaipur at 41.7 degree Celsius mark.