Rains, snowfall keep mercury in check in north India

Rains in several parts of the northern region and snowfall in high altitude areas of Uttarakhand brought the mercury down by a few notches on Thursday, giving people some respite from hot and humid weather.

New Delhi: Rains in several parts of the
northern region and snowfall in high altitude areas of
Uttarakhand brought the mercury down by a few notches on Thursday,
giving people some respite from hot and humid weather.

The spell of relatively pleasant weather persisted in
the national capital too where the maximum temperature was
recorded at 36.8 degree Celsius, which was three degrees below
normal at this time of the season, while the minimum settled
at 22.8 degree Celsius, five degrees less than normal.

Higher reaches of Uttarakhand including the shrines of
Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri received snowfall while the
lower hills and plains continued to witness light to moderate
rains. The `unusual` weather has been posing problems for
pilgrims undertaking the `Chardham yatra`.

The rains caused dip in mercury across the state, where
the capital Dehradun recorded a maximum temperature of 32
degree Celsius, four deg C below normal.

The twin states of Punjab and Haryana were also lashed
by heavy rains and high velocity winds, disrupting power
supply at many places.

Rains and thunder squall with wind speed of over 45 kmph
hit Chandigarh last night, resulting in power disruption,
waterlogging and uprooting of trees at some places.

The minimum temperature in Chandigarh dropped by six
degrees below normal to settle at 18.7 deg C, while it settled
at a maximum of 33.1 deg C, down six notches.

Widespread showers in the region have brought good news
for farmers, who are preparing for the transplantation of
paddy from next week.

In Punjab, Patiala saw a heavy downpour of 53 mm, with
the minimum settling at 19 deg C, down six notches.

Amritsar received a rainfall of 13.8 mm and the minimum
dropped to 18.2 deg C, down five degrees. Ludhiana received
18.8 mm of rains, and the minimum settled at 18.8 deg C, seven
degrees below normal.

Ambala was the wettest place in Haryana after being
lashed by 47.4 mm of rains. The minimum there settled at 18.3
deg C, down seven degrees, while it recorded a high of 31.9
deg C, nine degrees below normal.

In Himachal Pradesh, the higher reaches received another
spell of snowfall while the mid and lower hills were lashed by
heavy rains, causing a sharp fall in minimum temperatures.

Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district received 18
cm of snow while Rohtang, Kunzam, Saach and other mountain
passes received moderate snowfall. The Rohtang Pass (13,050
feet), which opened for tourists yesterday, was blocked for a
few hours but it was cleared as the snow melted.

The hill state received widespread rains with Nadaun
being the wettest in the region with 80 mm of rains.

The minimum temperature dropped to 10 degree in Shimla.

Some parts of Rajasthan also witnessed moderate
rainfall. Churu, Pilani and Bikaner received 19mm, 8 mm and 6
mm rains respectively.

Kota was the hottest place in the desert state with a
maximum temperature of 41.4 deg C, followed by Barmer (41.3),
Bikaner (38.5), Ajmer (38.4). The state capital Jaipur
recorded 36.2 deg C.

PTI

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