Weather remains muggy in North India

Mercury Saturday fell slightly across northern belt following scattered rainfall but high humidity made life difficult for people while the flood situation in Punjab and Haryana improved.

Updated: Jul 17, 2010, 20:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Mercury Saturday fell slightly
across northern belt following scattered rainfall but high
humidity made life difficult for people while the flood
situation in Punjab and Haryana improved.

Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan experienced
moderate to heavy rains but hot and humid conditions prevailed
in the national capital, which recorded only trace rainfall.

The maximum and minimum in the city stood at 37.3 deg C,
two notches above normal and 29.2 deg C, also two degrees
above normal. The humidity oscillated between 58 and 89 per
cent.

In Punjab and Haryana, the flood situation improved in
Kuruskhetra, Kaithal, Fatheabad, Ambala and Karnal districts.

However heavy overnight rains in Chandigarh and areas around
banks of Ghaggar river forced authorities to issue a flood
alert in Panchkula and Ambala districts.

Hisar continued to be hottest place in the region at 39
deg C, three notches above normal. While Ludhiana had a high
of 36.2 degrees, the maximum in Amritsar stood at 34.8 deg C.
However, humidity oscillated between 80 to 95 per cent.

Meanwhile, heavy rains triggered landslides in Himachal
Pradesh that blocked major highways and link roads.

Nahan, district headquarter of Sirmaur, received 177.6 mm
of rains while Pachhad, Sangrah, Rajgarh and Renuka recorded
110 mm, 90 mm, 53 mm, and 52 mm rainfall respectively.

Capital Shimla which remained engulfed in thick fog with
occasional drizzles recorded a day temperature of 21.8 deg C
against yesterday`s 24.9 deg C. Una remained the hottest place
in the state at 34.2 deg C.

Major rivers in Uttar Pradesh continued to swell as light
to heavy rains lashed several parts of the state. Palliakalan
and Katarniyaghat in Bahraich received 15.4 mm rainfall while
Fatehgarh was drenched by 14.6 mm of rains.

The desert state of Rajasthan received scattered rains
with Kota and Jodhpur recording 11.2 mm and 1.0 mm rainfall
respectively.

Ajmer recorded 0.9 mm rainfall while Bikaner received
drizzle. Many places including Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer,
Jodhpur, Sriganganagar and Churu recorded day temperature
above 40 deg C.

PTI