Snowfall in HP, rains in North including Delhi

New Delhi: Higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh today experienced snowfall even as mercury rose by a few notches in the national capital and few other places in Northern region despite light to moderate showers.

Continued rains in Rajasthan for the past many days failed to bring respite to the people reeling under sultry conditions as mercury touched the mark of 40 degrees Celsius at Churu.

Delhiites sweated it out due to hot and humid conditions even as the city received monsoon rains tonight. While mercury rose to 34.8 degrees as compared to yesterday's 34.1 notches, high humidity levels, oscillating between 65 and 93 per cent added to the woes of people. Met department has forecast possibility of rains and thundershowers tomorrow also.

After receding for two days, major rivers started swelling again in some districts of Uttar Pradesh due to heavy rainfall badly affecting the rescue operations in flood-hit areas.

While high peaks like Bara Lacha and Sarchu pass in Lahaul and Spiti and Dhauladhar range in Kangra district witnessed snowfall, rains lashed lower areas of Himachal Pradesh plummeting temperature in the state where Capital Shimla recorded a high of 21.9 degrees, as compared to yesterday's 23.4 degrees.

Meanwhile, around 10 ITBP personnel and eight foreigners have been rescued after they were stranded near Bara Lacha pass due to hostile weather conditions triggered by heavy snowfall today.

The jawans, who were on their way to Manali from Leh, and the foreigners were caught in inclement weather as the high altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, including Bara Lacha and Sarchu situated at a height of 4253 metre, have been witnessing snowfall since 0400 hrs this morning, police said.

Temperatures showed an upward trend in Rajasthan where Churu remained hottest at 40 degrees, followed by Bikaner at 39 and Jaisalmer and Barmer at 37 notches.

Chandigarh and few other places in Punjab also received light rains, while weather remained dry in neighbouring Haryana.

Bureau Report