Heatwave intensifies across northern region



New Delhi: The heatwave sweeping across the northern belt today intensified with the mercury crossing the 45-degree mark in some places in Rajasthan and Haryana as national capital recorded its highest temperature this season.

Sriganganagar in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the region at 45.7 degree Celsius, followed by Barmer, Churu and Haryana's Hisar, recording an identical maximum temperature of 45.3 degrees.

Elsewhere in the desert state, Bikaner and Kota sizzled at 44.5 C and 44.1 C respectively while Jodhpur and Jaisalmer braved a hot day at 43.9 degrees each.

In the states of Punjab and Haryana, mercury settled up to nine degrees above normal with Hisar reeling at 45.3 degree Celsius. Bhiwani and Karnal endured a hot day, with the maximum temperature soaring to 42 C and 41.9 C respectively, which is seven degrees above normal.

In Punjab, Patiala was hot at 42.8 C, eight notches above normal, followed by Amritsar 42.4 C, nine degrees above normal and Ludhiana 42.6 C.

Meanwhile, national capital recorded the hottest day of the season with the mercury settling at 42.3 degree Celsius, six notches above normal, as against yesterday's 41.2 degrees. The minimum was recorded at 23.6 degrees, four degree above the usual level.

Mercury continued its upward trend in Jammu and Kashmir with winter capital Jammu recording the season's highest at 40.7 C. However, weather remained pleasant in the Kashmir valley, with Srinagar recording a maximum temperature of 25 C and a minimum of 9.6 C.

Bureau Report