Mercury breached the 40 degree mark on Monday in several parts of the country with Churu in Rajasthan being the hottest at 48.5 degrees Celsius even as southwest monsoon is expected to hit Kerala in the next two days. The IMD said conditions continue to remain favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala in next two days.
In Rajasthan, Sri Ganganagar followed Churu with 47.7 degrees Celsius while Bikaner recorded 47.3 degrees, Jaisalmer 47, Barmer 46.2, Jodhpur 46, Ajmer 45.6 and Jaipur 44.9 degrees Celsius.
In the national capital, after a scorching hot day, Delhiites experienced some respite in the evening as a dust storm accompanied by drizzle brought the mercury down by 2.3 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was recorded at 40.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature settled at 30.2 degrees, three notches above the season’s average.
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The lower hills of Himachal Pradesh, reeling under scorching heat had much needed relief as mercury plummeted by few notches after rains and thundershowers. Una in Shivalik foothills recorded maximum temperature at 36.0 degree against 42.8 degree.
In Punjab and Haryana, Hisar was the hottest at 44.7 degrees Celsius followed by Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Chandigarh at 42.1, 42, 38.2, 37.6 degrees Celsius respectively with Ambala recording maximum of 36.4 degrees Celsius after receiving 16mm of rainfall.
Heavy rain and thundershowers lashed parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh since Saturday even as Etawah in western part sizzled at 44.8 degrees Celsius. Some other parts of the state also received light to moderate rain and thundershowers.
In Bihar, scorching sun and intense humidity hit Gaya, which recorded a maximum of 41.2 and humidity of 52 per cent, but there is chance of rain in several parts of the state by Tuesday.
In Odisha, many places in the state received rainfall bringing the temperature below 40 across the state except Sonepur, which recorded 40.9 degrees Celsius. While Chandbali received a rainfall of 28 mm today, Daringibadi recorded 23 mm rainfall and Paradip 10 mm.
Similarly, Titlagarh in western Odisha also received 10.2 mm rainfall. Capital city of Bhubaneswar recorded 35.4 degree Celsius, while a relative humidity of 95 per cent left people uneasy.
Temperature in West Bengal remained normal as rains lashed the city on Monday afternoon keeping the humidity level within bearable limits. Bankura recorded the day’s highest temperature at 37.9 degrees Celsius.
There is a forecast of thunderstorm or rain in most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, while thunderstorm and rain have been forecast in isolated areas of Gangetic West Bengal.