Jaipur/Chandigarh: Barmer in Rajasthan on Saturday remained the hottest place in North India, with a maximum temperature of 41.5 degree celsius, as several parts of North India continued to experience mixed weather with the mercury fluctuating above and below normal.

Barmer was followed by Sriganganagar, which recorded a maximum of 40.2 degree celsius, a Meteorological Department official said.

Though the mercury dipped at many places in the desert State, the intensity of the scorching sun rays remained unchanged.

Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Churu recorded a maximum of 39.9, 39.8, 39.7 and 39.6 degree celsius.

A report from Chandigarh said Hisar was the hottest place in Punjab and Haryana, recording a maximum temperature of 39.6 degree celsius. But the mercury at most other places in the two States settled within the normal range.

While Hisar registered two degrees above normal, the maximum temperature at Ambala was 36.2 degree celsius. Karnal registered a high of 36.5 degree celsius, the Met. Department said here.

Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 36.2 degrees celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 38.6 degree celsius while Ludhiana registered a maximum temperature of 36.5 degree celsius. The maximum at Patiala was 37.7 degree celsius.

The Met. Department has forecast mainly sunny days in the region over the next two days with strong surface winds during day time at many places in Punjab and Haryana.

Kashmir valley continued to experience cold nights and pleasant days with Leh in the frontier region of Ladakh going through the coldest night, recording a low of minus 2.0 degree celsius. The minimum temperature dipped to minus 2.0 degree celsius in Leh, the Met. office said. — PTI

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