Cloudburst hit Uttarakhand even as North India reeled under sweltering heat. Heavy rains lashed Uttarkashi, Balkote, Pauri and Tehri in Uttarakhand. Five teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police were sent to different areas of Uttarakhand for rescue operations.
Meanwhile, dust storm hit Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and surrounding areas in the evening.
The storm accompanied by high-velocity winds and rain hit Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.
As rest of the country is anticipating the Monsoon, most regions in the North got no respite from the sweltering heat Delhi, the mercury settled at 42 degree Celsius, one notch above the season’s average, and the minimum recorded was 30 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. According to Met department humidity percentage swung between 39 per cent and 72 percent in the national capital.
In Rajasthan, Churu recorded a high of 49.7 degrees Celsius, eight degrees above normal, while the maximum temperature in Sriganganagar touched 49.1 degrees Celsius, seven notches above normal. Several areas of Himachal Pradesh were pounded by storms which uprooted trees and disrupted the power supply in Shimla town and adjoining areas.The day temperature dropped by a few notches due to strong winds and rain. The rainfall also helped douse the fires in Chamba, Kangra, Shimla and other areas. Baidyanath was wettest in the region with 48 mm showers of rain, followed by Pandoh 31 mm, Gohar 30 mm and Mandi 24 mm. Una was hottest in the state with maximum temperature touching 40 degrees, a drop of 2.5 degrees, while Nahan, Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded a high of 35.5 degrees, 35.2 degrees and 34.9 degrees.
In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rain and thunderstorm occurred at isolated places. The highest maximum temperature in the state was 44.3 degrees Celsius recorded at Fatehgarh. Hot weather conditions continued to prevail in Punjab and Haryana with Narnaul recording a high of 46.5 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal. Among other places in Haryana, Hisar recorded a maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal, and Bhiwani touched 45.1 degrees. In Punjab, Amritsar and Ludhiana recorded maximum temperatures at 42.3 and 41.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.
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