Hot, humid north sweats in absence of rain

Sultry conditions seemed to have returned to trouble the north on Tuesday.

New Delhi: Sultry conditions seemed to have returned to trouble the north on Tuesday as the region remained without any major spells of rain even as the mercury inched up amidst high humidity.

The maximum temperature in the national capital was recorded two notches above normal at 36.3 degrees Celsius with weather officials saying there was little chance of any rainfall in the city tomorrow.

As they wait for another spell of rain, Delhiites complained of high humidity in air, which fluctuated between 48 and 70 per cent. The city registered a minimum of 25.9 degrees, normal for this time of the year.

In Uttar Pradesh, moderate to heavy rainfall and thundershowers took place at isolated areas in the eastern parts of the state.

Bansi recorded 90mm rainfall followed by Birdghat (80mm) and Kakrahi and Regoli (70mm each).

Meanwhile, the state relief commissioner`s office has said that the Ganga was flowing more than 2m above the danger mark at Ballia and had breached the red mark at Ghazipur.

Other rivers in spate in the state are the Sharda, Ghaghra, Burhi Rapti and Quano, among others.

Meanwhile, the mercury has started to rise in the absence of rainfall over the last three days in the states of Punjab and Haryana where hot and humid conditions prevailed today at most places.

Amritsar in Punjab registered a high of 34.8 degrees followed by Patiala and Ludhiana at 35.2 and 35.3 degrees, respectively.

In Haryana, the mercury in Ambala touched 34.2 degrees while Hisar`s maximum settled at 36.5 degrees.

The Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a high of 34.9 degrees.
In Himachal Pradesh, too, maximum temperatures rose by a few notches as the monsoon weakened further across the state.

Una recorded a maximum of 35.4 degrees, more than two notches above normal while Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded highs of 33.7 and 33.5 degrees, respectively.