New Delhi: The mercury came down marginally in north India on Thursday bringing some relief after days of blistering heat in the region.
In Delhi, a long spell of searing heat was broken today as the maximum took a slight dip to settle close to 40 degrees Celsius.
The day temperature in the national capital today was 2.4 degrees lower than yesterday at 40.4 degrees, which the MeT office described as being normal for this time of the season.
The minimum temperature remained same as yesterday at 27.8 degrees, one notch above normal.
Punjab and Haryana, too, reported similar weather conditions today with temperatures in the two neighbouring states coming down in a welcome change from the heat wave conditions.
The maximum in their common capital and Union territory of Chandigarh dropped by over three degrees from yesterday to settle at 38.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, the MeT office said.
Hisar and Bhiwani in Haryana, where the mercury had been hovering close to 45 degrees over the past few days, too, saw temperatures come down to settle at 41.1 and 41.4 degrees, respectively.
However, Narnaul continued to sizzle at 44 degrees, up three degrees.
In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximums of 40.2 and 40.6 degrees, respectively, down two notches from yesterday. But the mercury was up two notches in Amritsar which recorded a maximum of 42.2 degrees.
The weather was mainly dry in Uttar Pradesh where the heat wave troubled residents in the western parts of the state.
However, Gorakhpur district was visited by thundershowers in the last 24 hours which, among others, disrupted traffic on the Gorkahpur-Lucknow national highway and hit power supply in the area.
The city received about 2.4-mm rainfall and experienced thundershowers and a dust storm which brought some relief from the scorching heat.
Etawah continued as the hottest place in the state with a maximum of 45.8 degrees.
The local MeT department has, meanwhile, forecast rain or thundershower at isolated places in eastern UP.
Maximum temperatures saw a slide in Rajasthan as well where Barmer was the hottest place at 44.4 degrees followed by Bikaner at 44 degrees.
The temperature at Churu, which had sizzled at 45.5 degrees yesterday, was a shade lower at 43.8 degrees today.