New Delhi: Mercury Monday fell slightly in
parts of North India with several areas receiving showers as
the advancing south-west monsoon is likely to hit Rajasthan
and adjoining areas by next week.
Pre-monsoon activity has started in the desert state,
where temperature continue to hover in the forties. Several
parts of Udaipur, Bikaner, Sriganganagar, Pilani and Churu
districts received light showers this morning.
The monsoon is likely to hit Rajasthan by June 20-21. It
has advanced into parts of Konkan, Goa and Maharashtra. The
condition is favourable for further progress of the system
into northern parts, the Met Office said.
Chittorgarh was hottest in the state recording a maximum
of 45.4 degrees, followed by Kota 44.7 C, Bikaner 43.9 C,
Barmer 43.5 C and Ajmer 43 C. However, mercury fell sharply to
32.4 C in Sriganganagar, which received 0.6 mm rainfall.
The national capital recorded light showers in some parts
as the maximum fell to 39.7 C against yesterday`s 43 C. The
minimum in the city, lashed by a duststorm yesterday, settled
at 26.1 C against 28.1 C the previous day.
In Punjab and Haryana, the mercury dropped by a few
notches at many places, giving the people a much-needed
respite from hot conditions.
Cloudy weather coupled with light rains brought down the
temperatures below the 40-degree mark as Chandigarh recorded a
high of 35.8 degree Celsius, three notches below normal.
The maximum in Amritsar settled at 36.1 C, down by four
notches, while that in Ludhiana dropped to 35.5 C, six notches
below normal. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a maximum of 36
degrees, down by four notches.
Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh, a foreign tourist died
and a dozen others were trapped at Chhatru near 14,000 ft-high
Kunzam Pass which was hit by a snowstorm.
Elsewhere in the state, temperature fell by two to three
degrees as many areas recorded moderate to heavy rainfall.
Capital Shimla, which experienced 10.9 mm rainfall, recorded a
maximum of 22.2 C against 25.1 C yesterday. The maximum also
dropped from 40.4 C to 38 C in Una, the hottest place in the
In Maharashtra, heavy rains lashed different parts of Mumbai throughout the day.
The Meteorology Department has forecast heavy rains and
thundershowers accompanied by strong gusty winds in few parts
of the city and suburbs till tomorrow.