Scorching heat persisted in many parts of the country, including Odisha and Rajasthan, while severe thunderstorm and squall disrupted normal life in some areas of Himachal Pradesh. It was a humid day in Delhi where the mercury settled within normal levels. The maximum temperature in the capital was recorded at 40.2 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year while the minimum temperature was pegged at 27.1 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, a Met department official said. The humidity level oscillated between 65 and 28 per cent. The maximum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana hovered close to normal limits, a MeT report said. In Haryana, Hisar and Narnaul recorded the maximum temperature at 42.2 degrees Celsius and 41.5 degrees Celsius respectively, which were within the normal limits. Karnal recorded a high of 39 degrees Celsius and Ambala 38.3 degrees Celsius. Patiala recorded a high of 39.5 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana's maximum settled within the normal limits, at 39.1 degrees Celsius.
Amritsar recorded a high of 38.2 degrees Celsius, one notch below the normal. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a high of 38.6 degrees Celsius. Weather was mainly dry in Uttar Pradesh where Etawah was the hottest place with 42.2 degrees Celsius. Mercury breached the 40 degree-mark at a few places in the state while Lucknow recorded maximum temperature of 39.3 degrees Celsius. Allahabad recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius, Fatehgarh 41.8 degrees Celsius, Varanasi 41.2 degrees Celsius, Agra and Jhansi 40.6 and Sultanpur 40 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperatures continued to rise almost everywhere in Rajasthan even as light to moderate rains occurred at isolated places in the state but did not bring any respite from the heat. Barmer was the hottest in the state with maximum temperature of 43.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Jaisalmer 43, Bikaner 42.6, Churu 42.5 and Kota 42.1 degrees Celsius. Isolated places in Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Kota and Udaipur divisions had rains. Jalore and Ahore recorded a rainfall of 3 cm each, while Siwana and Sindri recorded 2 cm each, and Samdari 1 cm. In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla and its surrounding areas were lashed by a severe thunderstorm and squall which disrupted normal life. The thunder squall was followed by heavy downpour and the town received 25 mm rains in just one hour. It reduced the visibility which caused traffic jams at several places and inconvenience to commuters. Mashobra and Kufri received 40 mm and 25 mm rains while Sunnibhajji and Khadrala recorded 26 mm and 24.4 mm rains. The Rohtang Pass and higher reaches in tribal areas had another spell of mild snowfall causing sharp fall in mercury in Manali valley which was coldest in the region with a low of 6.2 degrees Celsius. Manali was followed by Kalpa 6.8 degrees Celsius, Keylong 8.8, Bhuntar 12.5, Shimla 14, Sundernagar 14.6, Solan 14.7, Palampur 16, Dharamsala 18.6, Nahan 20.3 and Una 21.5 degrees Celsius. The day temperatures also dropped by three to five degrees in mid and higher hills. Blistering heat persisted in Odisha with the mercury breaching the 45 degree-mark at four towns and Titlagarh was the hottest place at 46.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury breached the 45 degree-mark at four places and the 43 degree-mark at nine places, the local MeT office said. Titlagarh was followed by Malkangiri, which recorded maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 45.2 degree Celsius at both Bhawanipatna and Sonepur, 44.8 at Balangir, 43.6 at Jharsuguda, 43.4 at both Sambalpur and Hirakud and 43.1 degrees Celsius at Angul. At least six people have died due to sunstroke in the state this summer. Heatwave conditions prevailed at isolated places in Vidarbha region, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Day temperatures were above normal in parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Goa. Heavy rain is likely to occur Nicobar Islands, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal and Sikkim, the weatherman predicted. Thunderstorm accompanied with hailstorm is very likely at isolated places in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
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