Showers drench North India, heat wave persists in East

Sixteen more people succumbed to sunstroke in WB as heat wave persisted in the eastern plains, however light rains drenched some pockets in North.

New Delhi: Sixteen more people succumbed to sunstroke in West Bengal as the mercury continued to soar in the eastern plains, even as the heat wave ebbed marginally in the north as light rains drenched some pockets.

A spell of shower, measuring 12 mm, brought some respite to the national capital Delhi, bringing down the maximum temperature from Monday`s 41.9 degrees Celsius to 40.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature, however, saw a rise from 29 to 29.5 degrees Celsius.

At least 16 more people succumbed to sunstroke in three districts of southern West Bengal in the last two days, taking the death toll to 32 in the state during the current hot spell.

Light rains drenched isolated parts of Uttar Pradesh, but the showers did little to bring down the intensity of the heat wave which continued to prevail in most pockets of the state.

The rains, however, brought down temperatures marginally in Aligarh, Hapur, Allahabad and Agra divisions, which have been reeling under an intense hot spell in the last two weeks.

Temperature was appreciably above normal in Varanasi, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad and Kanpur divisions, the MeT office said.

Despite the marginal drop in the mercury level, Allahabad continued to remain the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 45.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal, followed by Etawah at 44.8 and Varanasi at 44.5 degrees Celsius.

Rain and thunderstorm are likely to occur at one or two places in the state, the MeT department said.
The temperature dropped marginally in Rajasthan, with the mercury falling below the 45 degrees Celsius mark at most places.

Churu remained the hottest place in the state, recording a maximum of 44.3 degrees Celsius.

SriGanganagar, Bikaner, Kota and Jaipur recorded day temperatures of 44, 42.5, 41.9 and 41.5 degrees Celsius respectively, while other places recorded between 38.8 and 40.6 degrees Celsius.