New Delhi: The heatwave sweeping across the
northern belt today intensified with the mercury crossing the
45-degree mark in some places in Rajasthan and Haryana as
national capital recorded its highest temperature this season.
Sriganganagar in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the
region at 45.7 degree Celsius, followed by Barmer, Churu and
Haryana`s Hisar, recording an identical maximum temperature of
Elsewhere in the desert state, Bikaner and Kota sizzled
at 44.5 C and 44.1 C respectively while Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
braved a hot day at 43.9 degrees each.
In the states of Punjab and Haryana, mercury settled up
to nine degrees above normal with Hisar reeling at 45.3 degree
Celsius. Bhiwani and Karnal endured a hot day, with the
maximum temperature soaring to 42 C and 41.9 C respectively,
which is seven degrees above normal.
In Punjab, Patiala was hot at 42.8 C, eight notches above
normal, followed by Amritsar 42.4 C, nine degrees above normal
and Ludhiana 42.6 C.
Meanwhile, national capital recorded the hottest day of
the season with the mercury settling at 42.3 degree Celsius,
six notches above normal, as against yesterday`s 41.2 degrees.
The minimum was recorded at 23.6 degrees, four degree above
the usual level.
Mercury continued its upward trend in Jammu and Kashmir
with winter capital Jammu recording the season`s highest at
40.7 C. However, weather remained pleasant in the Kashmir
valley, with Srinagar recording a maximum temperature of 25 C
and a minimum of 9.6 C.