North sizzles under unrelenting heat

The plains of north India continued to sweat under sizzling hot conditions.

Updated: May 29, 2013, 22:12 PM IST

New Delhi: The plains of north India continued to sweat under sizzling hot conditions with the mercury refusing to come down and no signs of any immediate change in the weather.

The maximum in Delhi was 42.8 degrees Celsius, a shade lower than 43 degrees recorded yesterday, while the minimum dipped 1.2 degrees from 29 degrees to settle at 27.8 degrees.

Humidity in the air was between 17 and 53 per cent in the national capital with the MeT department saying that the conditions would remain unchanged tomorrow.

Temperatures were set beyond the 40 degree mark across Rajasthan where the mercury touched 45.5 degrees in Churu, the hottest place in the state followed by Sriganganagar at 44.5 degrees.

Bikaner (44 degrees) and Pilani (43.5) were some of the other high temperatures in Rajasthan with Kota, Barmer, Chittorgarh and Jaisalmer, too, reporting maximums above 40 degrees.

The weather was mainly dry over Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours with day temperatures rising in the Varanasi and Gorakhpur divisions, the MeT office said.

The highest temperature recorded in the state was at Etawah, which sizzled at 46 degrees Celsius.

The mercury stayed above normal in the states of Punjab and Haryana as the two neighbouring states struggled to cope under the summer heat.

Union territory and common capital of Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 41.7 degrees, three notches above normal, according to the weather office.

Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded maximums of 42.3 and 43.3 degrees, respectively, while Amritsar sizzled at 43 degrees.

Narnaul, in Haryana, was the hottest place across the two states with a high of 44.2 degrees while Hisar was close behind at 44 degrees.

The MeT office has said there was no scope for any relief in the region from heat wave conditions in the coming two days.