Scattered rains fail to bring relief from humidity

A weak monsoon with scattered rains could not bring much relief to people at many places in North India where high humidity persisted.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 20:54 PM IST

New Delhi: A weak monsoon with scattered
rains could not bring much relief to people at many places in
North India where high humidity persisted, even as fresh
showers worsened the flood situation in parts of Punjab and
Haryana and caused a surge in UP rivers.

The maximum temperature in Punjab and Haryana where many
areas are battling floods with fresh rains shot up by upto
three degrees above normal with humidity levels hovering
around 85 per cent making things worse for the people in the

Hisar in Haryana had a high of 41.3 degrees Celsius,
which was three notches above normal followed by 39.4 degrees
Celsius at Rohtak, also three degrees Celsius above normal,
Met office said here.

While Amritsar settled at a high of 38.3 degrees Celsius,
two notches above normal, the maximum temperature at Narnaul
was 38.2 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal.

Though brief spells of monsoon rain in Delhi after a gap
of two days kept the mercury on the lower side, high humidity
levels which oscillated between 90 to 60 per cent robbed
residents of the comforts of a pleasant weather.

The rain gauges in the national capital measured 9.2 mm
of rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

The Met department said maximum temperature today was
recorded at 36 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded
at 28 degrees. The maximum was two notches below normal while
the minimum was one degree above the normal temperature for
this time of the year.

The day temperatures showed marginal rise in Himachal
Pradesh with a weak monsoon and scattered rains at places.

Shimla recorded a high of 26.2 degree against 24.8 degree
yesterday while Una remained hottest in the state with a high
of 37.2 degree against 35.2 degree Celsius yesterday.

Shimla and Dharamsala had 4.2 mm of rains while Hamirpur
was the wettest in the region with 22 mm rains followed by
Berthin 15 mm, Kasol and Nadaun 11 mm each and Jhandutta and
Baldwara 9 mm each.

Nearly two-third of Rajasthan`s 33 districts have
received scanty or deficit rains till now.

In the last 24 hours, light to moderate rains occurred
in Tonk, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli, Sawaimadhopur, Alwar,
Dausa, and Baran districts. The rainfall varied between 10 mm
to 60 mm.

Major rivers including the Ganga and Yamuna continued to
swell in several districts of Uttar Pradesh with heavy rains
occurring in some parts since last evening.