Temperatures rise in north India, rains at few places
A day after Delhi received light showers, weather turned hot and humid with temperatures hovering around the 40 degrees Celsius mark in the city.
The humidity level in the national capital was recorded between 42 and 85 per cent while the maximum temperature was registered at 39.9 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 28.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, the Met department said, adding that the city received 0.2 mm rainfall till 8.30 am.
Light to moderate rains occurred at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh since last evening as temperatures showed a dip in some parts of the state.
According to the Met department, day temperatures fell in Gorakhpur division and changed little in the remaining divisions of the state.
Banda recorded the highest maximum temperature in the state at 41.6 degree Celsius.
A squall continued to affect the arrival of southwest monsoon in Rajasthan though light to moderate rains occurred today at few places in the state.
Isolated places in Jaipur, Alwar, and Bharatpur districts received showers and Pilani recording 5.1 mm maximum rainfall, a Met report said.
Mercury rose slightly at some places in western Rajasthan by one to two degrees Celsius with Kota being the hottest place in the state at 41.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Churu 41.5 and Chittorgarh 41 degrees Celsius.
Elsewhere, the temperatures varied from 37 to 40.8 degrees Celsius. Jaipur received scattered drizzles and recorded 0.5 mm rainfall.
Mercury hovered around the 40 degrees-mark at several places in Punjab and Haryana today.
Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 39 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal, a Met report said.
In Punjab, Amritsar registered a high of 39.8 degrees Celsius, while Patiala’s maximum settled at 39.4 degrees Celsius and in Ludhiana, 38 degrees Celsius was recorded.
In Haryana, Hisar recorded 40.8 degrees Celsius followed by Ambala 39.3, Karnal 39.2 and Narnaul 33.
The Met department came out with weekly weather updates for the Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand where hundreds of pilgrims and locals died in flash floods last year.
For the week from June 27 to July 3, the Met department forecast “generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain/thundershowers” with “nil” warning for yatras to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines in the hill state.
Similarly, in its forecast for Amarnath Yatra, which began today, the department has given “nil” warning in Jammu and Kashmir divisions from June 27 to July 3.